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Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics Training

(Helps clients prepare for BPI and other certifications!)

Class Descriptions

(Updated February 28, 2011)

PART 1

EL-The Story of Solar: Historic, Social, and Political Constructs 3 Hours (This course may be split into two classes) This module reviews solar applications from 6th century BC to mid 1800's; fundamental scientific discoveries of the photovoltaic, photoconductive and photoelectric effects; recent history of passive solar thermal, solar hot water and photovoltaics. EF-The Origins of Energy on Earth 2 Hours This module reviews all major energy systems, their origins, and interrelationships; history of exploration and applications; includes solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, fossil fuels, biofuels, and nuclear power. EF/CM-Converting Sunlight to Electricity Part 1 2 Hours This course will cover math basics (algebra, trig, and word problems); units and calculations; celestial sphere positioning; magnetic declination; basic electrical terms and relationships; time, frequency, phase, and service voltage; photons and photovoltaics; solar flux; silicon solar cells; design of c-Si Cells; the p-n junction; PV cell surface treatments.

Santa Monica Community College District · Office of Workforce & Economic Development

1900 Pico Blvd. · Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628

Contact: [email protected] 310-422-1304

EF/CM-Converting Sunlight to Electricity Part 2 2 Hours This course will cover types of PV cells; solar cell efficiencies; the PV system hierarchy (modules and strings); PV system components; module ratings; flat roof systems; the inverter; and the net meter.

PART 2

SE-Solar Design: Practical Electrical Design of Grid-Tied PV Systems based on the 2011 NEC 3 Hours (This course may be split into 2 classes) This course will cover a comprehensive series of calculations needed to design a grid-tied PV Sytem. Topics include the PV data sheet; string sizing and combining; inverter trade-offs; ampacity calculations; point of interconnection issues; grounding; and PVWatts as a prediction tool. After attending this course, the student will be equipped with the information needed to design a code-compliant, grid-tied PV system, from an electrical point of view. PSI- PV Solar System Installation 3 Hours (This course may be split into 2 classes) This course will cover the Permit Package (PP), outlined by the authorities as the directions that need to be followed to install the solar system, as well as system layout of a project to avoid costly mistakes both on the ground and especially on the roof. The course will also cover roof preparation, BOS (Balance of the System) Practices, while integrating standard equipment terms and review for residential and commercial installations.

PART 3

PSI- PV System Maintenance, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting 2 Hours This course focuses on what a monitoring system can provide and how it can benefit the project once installed. We will discuss how "the monitor" as a value-added service. Standard PV Solar maintenance will also be reviewed. PSI- PV System Permits and Inspections 2 Hours

Santa Monica Community College District · Office of Workforce & Economic Development

1900 Pico Blvd. · Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628

Contact: [email protected] 310-422-1304

This course covers the importance of the Permit Package (PP), which lends to the requirements of the AHJ, thus having the knowledge as to what to have available at all times at the project site. We will discuss how to handle inspections and how to maximize your chances of passing the first inspection. Solar Safety Part 1 2 Hours This course covers safety process and procedures used in the solar industry from very basic electrical safety to extensive OSHA rules and requirements.

PART 4

HTS- Solar System Incentives, Costing, & Financing 3 Hours (This course may be split into 2 classes) This course will cover how to read utility bills, incentives and rebates provided by the utilities, state and federal government including the California Solar Initiative (CSI), and local utility programs and the benefits. This course will also review pricing and financing and how they promote develop business opportunities. EF-The Ten Most Important Rules of Thumb in Photovoltaics 3 Hours (This course may be split into two classes) This course will cover the "rules of thumb" that can be used to convey a practical, quantitative understanding of practical PV systems including: the energy consumption of a typical home; the energy production of a typical PV system; PV system cost, physical size, and optimum performance specifications; PV module efficiencies; CO2 savings; break-even point calculation for a PV investment; and rate of return on a PV investment.

ADDITIONAL COURSES AVAILABLE FOR OFF-SITE SCHEDULING

Solar Safety Part 2 2 Hours This course covers safety process and procedures used in the solar industry from very basic electrical safety to extensive OSHA rules and requirements.

Santa Monica Community College District · Office of Workforce & Economic Development

1900 Pico Blvd. · Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628

Contact: [email protected] 310-422-1304

EL-Introduction to Global Warming and Climate Change 2 Hours The module will explore global warming and will provide students with an understanding of climate change and the green house gas effect. We will look at present and future climate change trends and the potential impacts on the earth if it continues to warm. We will explore the impact that global warming has on the environment around us and how the global warming impacts affect our health, agriculture, forestry, water, animal species and their habitats. EF-What is Energy? Renewable and Non-renewable Energy 2 Hours In this module, we will go back to the basics, what is energy? First we need to understand the basics of energy and the different forms of energy. After we have an understanding of the basics we will explore energy in the terms of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. EL-What is Energy Conservation 2 Hours In this module, students will re-learn the basics of the three R's- reduce-reuse-recycle. And why it is important to reduce consumption ­ the landfill dilemma. We will again discuss how fossil fuels are a finite resource and look further into the impacts it has on the environment. We will end the class on a discussion of the 30 ways to save energy. EL-Policy and What We Can Do to Promote Energy and Resource Conservation 2 Hours This module will look at policy geared towards energy conservation from the federal level to the state level. This class will also briefly touch base on international governmental organizations (IGOs) who focus on energy conservation and pollution reduction. The class will take a look at what are tariffs and tax credits and how they work. Then we will scale down national and state policy and focus on personal energy policy and what that means to each individual.

Santa Monica Community College District · Office of Workforce & Economic Development

1900 Pico Blvd. · Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628

Contact: [email protected] 310-422-1304

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