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Photovoltaic Systems

PV 1, PV 2, and PV 3, are part of a Certificate program within the Sustainable Technologies Program. Students interested in a degree or certificate in Solar Photovoltaic Systems must attend the mandatory orientation on Monday, August 15, 2016 from 4:00-6:00pm in Bus 111. For more information email:,

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.

NEW   3474   4:00p-6:05p T   AIR 101   Cooley S

   4:00p-8:15p Th   AIR 101   Cooley S

   8:00a-5:00p F   AIR 101   Cooley S
Above section 3474 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 18 to Jun 09, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 3474 meets every Tues and Thurs, and on four Fridays: April 28, May 12 adn 26, and June 9.

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.

NEW   4475   6:30p-9:35p T   AIR 101   Ruiz E S

   8:00a-5:00p S   AIR 101   Ruiz E S
Above section 4475 meets on six Saturdays: February 25, March 11 & 25, April 22, and May 13 & 27, 2017.

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