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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.

4053   6:15p-9:30p MW   AIR 102   Cooley S

   8:00a-5:00p F   AIR 101   Cooley S

Above section 4053 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 18 to Aug 10, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4053 will have four Friday class meetings: June 22, July 6, July 20, Aug 3.

PV 3, Advanced Solar Photovoltaic Systems    4 units

   •   Prerequisite: Photovoltaic Systems 2.

This course will examine the theoretical and technical dimensions of solar photovoltaic systems in detail.  It will provide the hands-on instruction necessary for entry to mid-level employment in the industry.  Students will learn advanced principles of electricity and how they apply to solar PV systems.  They will review PV safety, site analysis, PV system sizing and design, components and equipment. Detailed discussions on product installation, troubleshooting, net metering laws, local codes, and National Electrical Code (NEC) PV requirements will be covered. Successful participants will be qualified to take the North America Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level exam.

4066   5:15p-9:30p TTh   AIR 102   Burns R M

   8:00a-5:00p Sat   AIR 101   Burns R M

Above section 4066 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 19 to Aug 09, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.  Above section 4066 hs four Saturday class meetings: June 23, July 7, July 21, and Aug 4.

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