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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
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
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.