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Photovoltaic Systems

PV 4, Photovoltaic Technical Sales 3 units

Prerequisite: None Skills Advisory: Photovoltaic Systems 1 or 11.

This course is designed for students interested in a career in the photovoltaics (PV) industry. The fundamental principles of selling PV systems will be covered as well as the activities that support sales such as PV system design and engineering. The course will cover marketing, customer relations, technical and cost proposal development, and working with authorities having jurisdiction over the installation and interconnection of PV systems.

NEW 4512 6:30p-9:35p TTh AIR 101 Cooley S
Above section 4512 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 24 to Dec 14, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

PV 11, Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics 3 units

Transfer: CSU

In this course, students gain a basic understanding of the principles of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and renewable energy alternatives. Basic electrical theory, the variables of PV system design, and sizing of PV systems are introduced. Topics include the scientific and math principles, physical properties, system components, codes, cell efficiency, and safe installation procedures for prevalent technologies. Students examine the cost and paybacks influencing adoption of solar technologies, as well as its potential in solving energy and environmental problems.

NEW 4500 6:30p-9:35p MW AIR 101 Cooley S

8:00a-5:00p F AIR 101 Cooley S
Above section 4500 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Friday labs will be held on three Fridays: Sept 8, Sept 22 and Oct 6.

PV 12, Photovoltaic Installation Exam Preparation 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: PV 11

This course examines the theoretical and technical dimensions of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in detail. Students learn advanced principles of electricity and how they apply to PV systems. They review PV system sizing and design, components and equipment. Detailed discussions on product troubleshooting, net metering laws, local codes, and National Electrical Code (NEC) PV requirements are covered. Successful participants will be qualified to take the North America Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level exam.

NEW 4503 6:30p-8:35p MW AIR 101 Cooley S
Above section 4503 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 13, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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