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Photovoltaic Systems

PV 1, Introduction to Solar Energy Systems    3 units

   •   Prerequisite: None.

Students will gain a basic understanding of the introductory principles of solar photovoltaic systems and renewable energy alternatives. Basic electrical theory, the variables of PV system design, and capacity requirements for photovoltaic systems will be reviewed. Topics will include the scientific principles, materials and manufacturing, system components, codes, energy efficiency, and safe installation procedures for each technology. Students will examine the economic, regulatory, and infrastructure issues affecting the adoption of solar technologies, as well as their potential in solving energy and environmental problems.

4446   6:30p-9:35p MW   AIR 102   Cooley S

   8:00a-5:00p F   AIR 101   Cooley S

Above section 4446 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 27 to Oct 19, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4446 will have four Friday class meetings: Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, and 19.

PV 2, Intermediate Solar Photovoltaic System Installation    3 units

   •   Prerequisite: Photovoltaic Systems 1.

This course will prepare students for entry-level employment in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry and for potential follow-on training in system design. Combining theory and hands-on application, this course will include basic electricity, electricity fundamentals in solar PV systems and PV safety. Introduction to site analysis, PV system sizing and design, components and equipment, product installation, net metering laws, local codes, and National Electrical Code (NEC) PV requirements will be discussed.

4448   6:30p-9:35p MW   AIR 102   Cooley S

   8:00a-5:00p F   AIR 101   Cooley S

Above section 4448 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 22 to Dec 15, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4448 will have four Friday class meetings: Nov 9, 16, 30 and Dec 7.

4449   6:30p-9:35p TTh   AIR 102   Staff

   8:00a-5:00p Sat   AIR 101   Staff

Above section 4449 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4449 will have four Saturday class meetings: Oct 27, Nov 3, 17 and Dec 1.

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