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PV 101.02 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 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

Course Instructor

Jack O'Donohue



Continuing Education Units

  • 8.0 continuing education credits for NABCEP PV Installer Certification
  • 6.5 learning units for American Institute of Architects (AIA) - HSW/SD
  • 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

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March 17th, 2012 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
222 North LaSalle Street
Near North National Title
Ground floor conference room
Chicago, IL 60601-1119
United States

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

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