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Photovoltaic Systems

Students interested in a degree or certificate in Solar Photovoltaic systems should attend the orientation on Tuesday, February 4th, 5:30-7:30 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.

4452   6:30p-9:35p MW   AIR 101   Cooley S

   8:00a-5:00p F   AIR 101   Cooley S

Above section 4452 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 19 to Apr 11, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4452 will have four lab meetings: Feb 28, Mar 14, Mar 28, April 11.

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.

4453   6:30p-9:35p MW   AIR 101   Staff

   8:00a-5:00p F   AIR 101   Staff

Above section 4453 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4453 will have four lab meetings: April 25, May 2, May 16, and June 6.

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.

4454   6:30p-9:35p T   AIR 101   Ruiz E S

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

Above section 4454 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4454 will have six lab meetings: Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 22, April 26, May 17, and June 7.

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