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  Electrical & Mechanical Applications for Solar Installers - Energy 141 

Adjunct Professor: Steve Geiger
Phone: 916-484-8354
Email: geigers@arc.losrios.edu

Hours: 108 (54 lecture, 54 laboratory)
This is an advanced course in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) energy. Topics include using hardware and software tools for shading and correctly orientating solar panels, the effect PV panel orientation has on system power output and efficiency, what effect optimum PV panel loading has on power produced, and how to perform load analysis on a specific residence. Additionally, it covers various manufacturers' software to calculate PV panel string sizing for optimum efficiency when working with grid tie inverters. National Electrical Code (NEC) and fire code wire sizing, fusing, and other safety instructions and procedures are stressed. The successful completion of this course and ENERGY 142 qualify students to take the NABCEP (North American Certified Energy Practitioner) certified solar photovoltaic installers and service technicians entry level certificate of knowledge of PV systems test. Field trips are required. This course may be taken two times for credit using different test equipment.

ARC Energy Website: http://www.arc.losrios.edu/Programs_of_Study/Technical_Education/Energy.htm

ARC Energy Classes - Catalog: http://web.arc.losrios.edu/catalog/Energy.pdf

For This Class:

Course Syllabus PDF


Assignments List

How to do Informational Interviews

Student Term Project:



Design Spreadsheet (Link)
How To Do PV Design
Go Solar California Website (Link)

Study Guides:

How to Take Multiple Choice Tests


Safety PDF

PV Modules PDF
Inverters PDF
Mounts & Rails PDF

Electricity Basics: PDF

Basic Electrical Theory
Watts Definitions
Using Watts Law
The Power Pyramid
How to Calculate Electric Costs
Design Loads

Appliance Watt Chart
Kill-A-Watt Manual

Safety: PDF

Safety - Lethal Shock
Safe Meter Usage
OSHA Electrical Safety
OSHA Fall Safety
OSHA Green Job Hazards
OSHA PPE Assessment
OSHA PPE Guide for Small Business
Hard Hat Classes

Career Lesson:

Taking NotesPDF
10 Steps - Note Taking PDF
Resume Resources PDF
Solar Job Resources PDF
Sample Installer Resume
Cover Letter Info
Cover Letter Template
E-Portfolio PDF
Portfolio Sites
Sample Interview Questions PDF
Sample Interview Questions to Ask PDF
Doing an Informational Interview
True Colors - What is your Personality Profile? PDF
True Colors Personality Test (Link)
DISC Profile Info (Link)
Local Industry Articles
Green Job Websites

Other Helpful Info:

Solar Industry Related Links PDF
PV Magazines, Trade Show Search PDF
PV Industry News Sources (World & Local)
Cal Fire Solar PV Installation Guideline (Link to PDF)
Basic Tools for Installers PDF
Sample Three Line Drawing - Enphase PDF
Sun Orientation PDF
Great PV Drawing Resource: Brooks Engineering (Link)
Orientation & Pitch Excerpt from - A GUIDE TO PV SYSTEM DESIGN AND INSTALLATION by the CEC PDF

Other Helpful Website Links:

Brooks Solar
Jim Dunlop Solar
Grid Alternatives


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