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Intermediate Level
Approx. 17 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Analyze advantages and disadvantages of various PV systems

  • Evaluate PV system requirements

  • Identify key PV design considerations and planning tools

Skills you will gain

Mechanical DesignElectrical DesignPV system sizingPV systemsPV system design
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 17 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

4 hours to complete

PV Design Basics

4 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 38 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
11 videos
Shade Calculations8m
Roof Assessments4m
Solar Panel Location and Spacing5m
Power Line and Battery Locations2m
Circuit Boxes2m
Pros and Cons of Rooftop Systems3m
Ground Mounts and Building Integrated PV2m
Large Commercial, Community, and Utility-Scale Solar3m
Site Visit Summary46s
9 readings
Shade Calculation Tools (Optional)30m
Guide to Structural Consideration (Optional)30m
Sun Path Chart Program (Optional)20m
U.S. Floodplain Data (Optional)10m
Ground Mount vs Rooftop Mounted Systems (Optional)10m
Ground Mounts and Off-Grid Systems (Optional)20m
Building-Integrated PV (Optional)20m
Land Requirements for Solar PV Systems 10m
3 practice exercises
PV Design Basics- Practice Quiz 120m
PV Design Basics Practice Quiz 220m
PV Design Basics30m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

PV Design Considerations

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 28 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Wind Loading7m
Lag Bolt Calculations4m
Weight Loading2m
Measuring Excess Capacity2m
Ballast System1m
6 readings
System Sizing Calculation10m
Full Sun Hours Chart10m
Efficiency Calculation10m
Wind Map and ASCE 7 (Optional)20m
Wind Loading Calculation Formulas and Examples (Optional)15m
Wood Handbook10m
2 practice exercises
PV Design Considerations Practice Quiz20m
PV Design Considerations30m

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Electrical System Design

5 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 67 min), 14 readings, 3 quizzes
14 videos
Inverters and Solar Panels10m
String Size, Pathways, and Module Curves6m
Temperature Coefficient7m
Inverter Capacity3m
System Design Calculation2m
Voltage Drop Overview4m
Wire Run and Voltage Drop3m
Conduits in Different Scenarios5m
Managing Current6m
Shut Off4m
14 readings
Evaluating Loads (Optional)20m
Types of Inverters (Optional)10m
U.S. National Electric Code20m
Trina Spec Sheet (Optional)10m
Temperature Coefficient Calculations (Optional)10m
SMA Inverter Capacity Spec Sheet (Optional)10m
Calculating Voltage Change (Optional)10m
Voltage Drop Calculation - Part I (Optional)10m
Voltage Drop Calculation - Part II10m
Ampacity Table 310.15(B)(16) (Optional)5m
De-Rating Calculations (Optional)10m
Ambient Temperature Adjustments (Optional)20m
Ampacity Calculation10m
Micro-Inverter Spec Sheet10m
3 practice exercises
Electrical System Design Practice Quiz 115m
Electrical System Design Practice Quiz 220m
Electrical System Design30m

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Recommendation Options

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 34 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Codes, Clean Energy Goals, and Costs4m
Design Considerations5m
PV Planning15m
7 readings
Solar Shingles, Tiles, and Solar Roofs (Optional)20m
PV Aesthetics (Optional)20m
Codes (Optional)40m
Solar PV Costs (Optional)20m
Design Considerations (Optional)30m
Planning Calculations (Optional)10m
Planning Tools (Optional)30m
2 practice exercises
Recommendation Options Practice Quiz30m
Recommendation Options30m



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About the Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors Specialization

This specialization provides an overview of solar photovoltaics (PV), intricacies of solar system design, and a framework for solar PV project management. Targeted for engineers, HVAC installers, architects and building code inspectors, it is also appropriate for anyone considering a career in the growing renewable energy field of solar power. Courses introduce how PV operates and the anatomy of solar electric systems, the economics of solar power, pros and cons of different systems, considerations for designing a PV system, and fundamental code compliance. Materials primarily focus on solar PV in the United States. To learn more, view an overview at https://youtu.be/XjkKzbXqA6s....
Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors

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