SMC SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLATION COURSE OF STUDY: UPDATED JULY by 04ukX2rI

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									SMC SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLATION COURSE OF STUDY: UPDATED JULY 23, 2010

PV 1 topics
                                                                           Dunlop Chapters: PV 1

1. Intro to PV Systems                                                           Chapter 1
         a. How a solar cell works
         b. Context of PV including CSP, wind, geothermal,
                   solar thermal, and fossil fuels
         c. History of PV
2. Safety (electrical, PV, lightning, ladder?)                                   Not in Dunlop
3. Basic Electricity and Mathematics (Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law, Electrons,         Not in Dunlop
                   Chemical Bonding, current, voltage, power,
                   Algebra, trigonometry)
         a. How conductors and insulators work
         b. How semi-conductors work
4. Solar Radiation (sun angle, E-S relationships, etc)                           Chapter 2
5. Site Surveys and Preplanning                                                  Chapter 3
6. System Components and configurations                                          Chapter 4 & 5
         a. Silicon manufacturing
         b. Solar Cell Manufacturing
         c. Amorphous Thin Film Manufacturing
7. Economic Analysis – rebates, feed-in tariffs, tax credits, etc.)              Chapter 15
8. Introduction to NABCEP entry level exam

PV 2 topics “Off-Grid” Design

8. Safety (PV, electrical, ladder. Lightning                                     Not in Dunlop
9. Cells, Modules, Arrays                                                        Chapter 5
10. Batteries                                                                    Chapter 6
        a. Seismic and Hazmat for battery rooms
11. Charge Controllers                                                           Chapter 7
12. Inverters                                                                    Chapter 8
13. System Sizing                                                                Chapter 9
 NABCEP preparation - using study guide topics

PV 3 Topics “Grid-tied Design”

14. Mechanical Integration – racking and mounting                                Chapter 10
15. Electrical Integration                                                       Chapter 11
16. Utility interconnection                                                      Chapter 12
17. Permitting and Inspection                                                    Chapter 13
         a. wire insulation types
         b. Electrical Code topics - NEC                                         Not in Dunlop
                  (1) conductor ampacity
                  (2) conduit fill
                  (3) box fill
                  (4) duration for heat
                  (5) overcurrent protection
                  (6) grounding
                  (7) Article 690
         c. Rebates, tax credits, feed-in tariffs                                Chapter 15
         d. Safety (electrical, PV, lightning, ladder)                           Not in Dunlop
18. Commissioning, Maintenance and Troubleshooting                               Chapter 14
19. NABCEP Test preparation – series of quizzes

								
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