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  Beginning Photovoltaic Systems - ESS 30 

Instructor: Steve Geiger
Phone: 916-660-8288 x4212
Email: sgeiger@sierracollege.edu

Hours: 108 (54 lecture, 54 laboratory)
Course Description: Introduction to photovoltaic concepts, applications, and the solar energy industry. Includes basics of electricity, load estimation, energy efficiency, solar site surveying, photovoltaic system components, sizing, financial analysis, design, installation concepts, and maintenance. This course taken with ESS 32 prepares students to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge exam.

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For This Class:

Catalog Description and Meeting Dates PDF
Course Syllabus PDF
Course Calendar PDF


Assignments List

How to do Informational Interviews
Load Analysis Sheet - for Kill-A-Watt
Take Home Quiz - Loads, Watt Hours

Student Term Project:

Student Term Project - Residential Photovoltaic System Design Project PDF
Solmetric Data Report - To Use for Student Project PDF
Home Energy Audit Sites
Energy Production Calculators/Software
Solar System Components/Calculators
Sample Jurisdiction Submission Requirements - City of Roseville PDF

Study Guides:

Study_Guide_for_Midterm - Chp 1-8

Study_Guide_for_Final - Chp 9-15

How to Take Multiple Choice Tests


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


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