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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Allied Business Schools, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

Location: 
Various, distance learning format.
Length: 
45 hours.
Dates: 
March 2007 - December 2014.
Learner Outcomes: 
Students will be able to: summarize the history of PV technology and industry, markets, and applications for PV and types of PV systems with their features and benefits, list safety hazards, practices and protective equipment used during PV installation and maintenance, explain safety hazards, practices, and protective equipment used during PV system installation and maintenance, define electrical and solar concepts and terminology, outline PV characteristics and range of response to environmental conditions, manipulate the workings and uses of inverters, batteries, charge controllers and other balance-of-system components, conduct a site assessment, select a design and properly size a PV system, adapt mechanical and electrical designs for PV systems, outline basic installations of subsystems and components at sites and perform a PV system checkout and inspection, maintain and troubleshoot PV systems.
Instruction: 
This course coves the fundamentals of electricity and solar energy and applies them to all considerations needed in site evaluation. Methods of instruction are: reading assignments, lesson quizzes, discussion questions, and final exam. Prerequisite: High School Math (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry) and Computer Skills.
Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division associate/baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Technology, Environmental Sustainability, Technological Engineering, General Elective (3/12).

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