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ISBN 978-1-935941-05-7

Photovoltaic Systems is a comprehensive guide to the fundamentals and principles involved in the planning, design and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. It covers the key steps in project development and specific requirements for installations and code compliance. The content is strongly tied to the task analysis used by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV installer certification program, and is becoming the industry standard for training and a useful reference for a diversity of industry professionals. It is used extensively throughout electrical apprenticeship programs, community colleges and vocational training programs around the country.

Book Features

  • Full-color, durable hard-bound book
  • 15 chapters, 450 pages, including appendix and glossary
  • Detailed, full-color illustrations depict the principles of PV systems configurations, operations and testing
  • Photographs are used extensively to detail components and installation practices
  • Factoids contain technical tips or background information
  • Vignettes highlight case studies, additional technical, historical or safety information
  • CD-ROM inside back cover contains tools, worksheets, videos and other resources


  • Each chapter begins with a full-page opener, including introductory statement and objectives
  • Key definitions are highlighted throughout the text and listed at the end of each chapter and in the glossary
  • Chapter summaries recap the important points, followed by basic review questions Appendix, complete glossary and index


  • Illustrated glossary and media clips
  • Solar radiation data and sun path charts
  • Forms and worksheets for sizing calculations and checklists