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Photovoltaic Systems

These courses are part of a 12-unit certificate program and it is strongly recommended that students attend the program orientation on Tuesday, August 20, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in HSS 251.

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.

4470   6:30p-9:35p MW   AIR 101   Cooley S

   8:00a-5:00p F   AIR 101   Cooley S

Above section 4470 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 26 to Oct 18, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4470 have four lab meetings: Sept 6, 20, Oct 4 and 18.

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.

4471   6:30p-9:35p MW   AIR 101   Cooley S

   8:00a-5:00p F   AIR 101   Cooley S

Above section 4471 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 21 to Dec 13, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4471 have four lab meetings: Nov 1, 15, Dec 6 and Dec 13.

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.

4472   6:00p-9:05p T   AIR 101   Ruiz E S

   8:00a-5:00p Sat   AIR 101   Ruiz E S

Above section 4472 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4472 will meet on the following six Saturdays for all day lab meetings: Sept 7, 28, Oct 12, 26, Nov 16, and Dec 14.

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