This 45 hour course introduces students to the basic principles of utility interactive photovoltaic system design. Through classroom instruction and Solar Training Yard hands-on lab activities, the course will provide the knowledge to conduct site evaluations, prepare a basic electrical and mechanical design and select appropriate components such as: PV modules, inverters, racking, wire types, wire sizes and overcurrent protection, all in accordance with the local municipality and the 2011 NEC code. Students who successfully complete this class could seek a supervised, entry level position with a dealer/installer or other photovoltaic industry company. In addition, students meet the education requirement and receive solid preparation to take NABCEP's (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Technical Sales Certification exam (along with other NABCEP required field experience.)* Achieving a passing score demonstrates basic knowledge of design, installation and application of photovoltaic systems. Potential employers may use this as a benchmark to assess candidates.
The same textbook is used for both the Basic Photovoltaic Systems and the Advanced Photovoltaic Systems courses. It is available at the Taylorsville-Redwood Campus bookstore. The National Electrical Code Handbook is required for the Advanced course.
*For more information, please visit NABCEP's web site, www.nabcep.org. Check the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) web site, www.dopl.utah.gov, for current licensing rules and regulations.
Course meets 6 hours core and 11 hours professional DOPL requirements.