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PV 101.07 Basic Photovoltaics

Course Description

This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

Course Instructor

Cris Folk, MATC

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define photovoltaics
  • Explain how photovoltaic systems work
  • Diagram the four system types
  • Describe and identify components of a photovoltaic system
  • Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
  • Define the solar window
  • Use Ohm's Law
  • Read an electric utility bill
  • Estimate electrical loads
  • Make energy efficiency recommendations
  • Identify PV mounting types
  • Explain the basics of a PV site assessment
  • Calculate system costs
  • Describe financial incentives for PV



Continuing Education Units

  • 6.5 learning units for American Institute of Architects (AIA) - HSW
  • BPI Recognized for 3.75 CEU Credits
  • 8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification
  • 7.5 credit hours for WI Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification
  • 7.5 credit hours for WI Journeyman and Master Electrician Certification
  • 7.5 credit hours for WI UDC - Electrical Inspector Certification

Required Materials

  • Pencil, pen and paper
  • Calculator
  • Lunch

Suggested Materials

Being an Individual Membership gets you $20 off of each course. Not a member, but want to be? Simply go to the membership page to become one.

November 16th, 2013 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
3700 W PIerce St
Urban Ecology Center
Milwaukee, WI 53215
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595
Non MREA Member Price $ 110.00
MREA Member Price $ 90.00

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