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Chapter 1: Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems (63 slides)
  • Solar Technologies
  • History and Development
  • Markets and Applications
  • Industry Sectors
Chapter 2: Solar Radiation (76 slides)
  • Terminology and Definitions
  • Geometric and Atmospheric Effects
  • Solar Power and Energy
  • Measurements and Data
Chapter 3: Site Surveys and Preplanning (76 slides)
  • Customer Development
  • Site Assessment
  • Locating PV Arrays
  • Shading Analysis
  • Project Planning and Preparation
Chapter 4: System Components and Configurations (47 slides)
  • Major Components
  • Balance-of-System
  • System Classifications and Designs
Chapter 5: Cells, Modules and Arrays (71 slides)
  • Principles of Operation
  • I-V Characteristics
  • Response to Irradiance and Temperature
  • Series and Parallel Connections
  • Specifications and Ratings
Chapter 6: Batteries (38 slides)
  • Types and Characteristics
  • Functions and Features
  • Specifications and Ratings
Chapter 7: Charge Controllers (37 slides)
  • Types and Characteristics
  • Functions and Features
  • Specifications and Ratings
  • Sizing
Chapter 8: Inverters (120 slides)
  • Definitions and Terminology
  • Types and Applications
  • Functions and Features
  • Selection and Sizing
  • Monitoring and Communications
Chapter 9: System Sizing (33 slides)
  • Sizing Principles
  • Interactive vs. Stand-Alone Systems
  • Calculations and Software Tools
Chapter 10: Mechanical Integration (68 slides)
  • Design Considerations
  • Array Mounting Configurations
  • Structural Loads
  • Installation
Chapter 11: Electrical Integration (97 slides)
  • Terminology and Definitions
  • Circuit Design Requirements
  • Specifying Electrical Components
  • Code-Compliant Installation Practices
Chapter 12: Utility Interconnection (66 slides)
  • Codes and Standards
  • Utility Considerations
  • Supply and Load Side Connections
  • Interconnection Agreements
Chapter 13: Permitting and Inspection (60 slides)
  • Permit Submittal Guidelines
  • Plan Review
  • System Labels
  • Inspection Checklists
Chapter 14: Commissioning, Maintenance and Troubleshooting (41 slides)
  • System Commissioning
  • Maintenance Plans
  • Diagnostics
Chapter 15: Economic Analysis (27 slides)
  • Incentives
  • Value Assessment
  • Life Cycle Costs Analysis
  • Financial Tools
Chapter 16: PV System Safety (58 slides)
  • Hazards and Avoidance
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fall Protection
  • Electrical Safety