Renewable Energy Education Programs

 

PV 101 Class

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 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


See ISEA's calendar for upcoming class dates.



PV 201 Class

Course Description
Participants in this eight-hour course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Use site assessment tools
• Size a PV system
• Recommend a PV system type to meet a home or owner's goals
• Identify and recommend steps for energy efficiency
• Perform a load analysis
• Identify and recommend array placement options
• Quantify the solar resource
• Provide a general cost estimate
• Write a PV site assessment report
• Use web-based performance calculators
• Provide installer and equipment vendor information


Prerequisites:

Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent


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