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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (Sept. 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047059893X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470598931
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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Get a grip on photovoltaic design and installation

Are you looking to secure a job in the exciting field of photo-voltaic design and installation? This hands-on, friendly guide covers the workings of residential and small commercial-sized photovoltaic systems and gives you the essentials you need to safely install a system from start to finish.

  • Shed some light on PV systems — get the scoop on electricity basics and how the sun-earth relationship affects where a PV system will (or won't) work

  • Dig into the nitty-gritty of components — understand the technologies used in all types of PV systems, from modules and batteries to charge controllers, inverters, and more

  • Know that size matters — discover how to properly size a grid-direct system, a battery-based system, wiring, and safety devices

  • Safety first — follow helpful guidance for staying safe anytime you work on a PV system, from general construction and battery safety to working on ladders and roofs

  • Break ground — learn how to assemble mechanical parts and integrate electrical elements to put together your PV system

Open the book and find:

  • Advice on figuring out which system type is right for you

  • Plain-English explanations of electricity basics

  • How to properly select a site for a PV system

  • The lowdown on PV modules, batteries, and other system components

  • Guidance for sizing the most common PV systems, as well as wiring and safety devices

  • Pointers for permitting, commissioning, inspection, and maintenance

Learn to:

  • Design and install photovoltaic systems

  • Follow processes for permitting, commissioning, and inspection

  • Grasp electrical concepts in plain English

  • Expand your skill set for "green collar" jobs

About the Author

Ryan Mayfield is President of Renewable Energy Associates, a consulting firm providing design, support, and educational services for commercial photovoltaic systems. He is also Photovoltaic Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro magazine, where he also regularly contributes feature articles.


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Great book, really breaks down the process in easy terms for putting together a photovoltanic system that you can do on your own. Will be building my system by this book.
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I have finally gotten through most of the book to rate it. The book provides good understandable information to help you set up a solar system. It is not over technical nor simplistic. I would have liked to see more recommendations on specific makes and models of equipment that are reliable, efficient and economical.
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This guide seems to have been written with professional installers in mind so for me it was a bit too technical but for anyone with a good working knowledge of electricity it is a very good book.
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