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  NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Entry Level Test Review - Energy 142 

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

Prerequisite: ENERGY 141 with grade of “C” or better
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This advanced course in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy includes preparation for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge Exam. Topics include hardware and software tools used for determining percent of shade and orienting solar panels, the effect of PV panel orientation on system power and efficiency, and the load analysis. Additionally, it covers calculating PV panel string sizing when working with grid tie inverters as related to the NABCEP test. National Electrical Code (NEC) and fire code wire sizing, fusing, and other safety instructions and procedures are reviewed. The successful completion of this course and ENERGY 141 meets the requirements to take the NABCEP certified solar photovoltaic installers and service technicians entry level certificate of knowledge of PV systems test. Field trips may be required. This course may be taken two times for credit using different software.

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

Day One
Math and Measure Homework
Electrical Problems Part 2
Electrical Problems Part 4

Student Term Project:


Study Guides:

PV Study Sheet

How to Take Multiple Choice Tests

NABCEP Website
Down NABCEP Website Study Guide - Resources Sec.
NABCEP Study Guide - From Brooks

Watt Hour Problems - Breakdown


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
Design Spreadsheet (Link)
How To Do PV Design
Great PV Drawing Resource: Brooks Engineering (Link)
Orientation & Pitch Excerpt from - A GUIDE TO PV SYSTEM DESIGN AND INSTALLATION by the CEC PDF
Celsius to Fahrenheit Conversion Chart PDF
Spacing Between Rows PDF
NEC 2008 - 690 PDF
NEC 2008 Tables 310.16 - 17 PDF
NEC 2008 Chp 9 - Tables 8-9 PDF

Other Helpful Website Links:

Brooks Solar
Jim Dunlop Solar
Grid Alternatives

  Class Lecture Notes: PDF
Class 1
Electricity Basics
Residential Wiring
Site Surveys
System Sizing
System Sizing 2

Solar Energy Fundamentals
PV Module Fundamentals
PV Markets and Applications
Electrical Design
Electrical Design 2 and Financial
PV Mechanical Design
Performance, Maintenance, Troubleshooting
Final Review

Battery Articles: PDF

Top 10 Battery Blunders - Home Power Magazine
Battery Box Basics - Home Power Magazine
PV Done Right - Grid Tie, Battery Backup, and System Monitoring - Home Power Magazine
Flooded Lead Acid Battery Maintenance - Home Power Magazine

Other Articles:

PV Grounding - John Wiles - Home Power - CC103 (Link)
PV String Sizing - Home Power Magazine
String Sizing Tools and Choosing an Inverter - Civic Solar



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