Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies
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Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies

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The fun and easy way to get a grip on photovoltaic design and installation Designing and installing solar panel systems is a trend that continues to grow. With 'green collar' jobs on the rise and homeowners looking for earth-friendly ways to stretch their dollars and lesson their carbon imprint, understanding photovoltaic design and installation is on the rise. Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies gives you a comprehensive overview of the history, physics, design, installation, and operation of home-scale solar-panel systems. You'll also get an introduction to the foundational mathematic and electrical concepts you need to understand and work with photovoltaic systems. * Covers all aspects of home-scale solar-power systems * Viable resource for professionals, students, and technical laymen * Can be used to study for the NABCEP exam Whether you're a building professional looking to expand your business and skills to meet the growing demand for solar power installation or are seeking a career in this rapidly expanding field, Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies has you covered!
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 187.96 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 635.03g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 047059893X
  • 9780470598931
  • 161,752

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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
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About Ryan Mayfield

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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Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Here Comes the Sun: Shedding Some Light on PV Systems. Chapter 1: The Photovoltaic Revolution. Chapter 2: Checking Out Common Components and Systems. Chapter 3: Powering through Electricity Basics. Chapter 4: Warming Up to the Solar Resource. Chapter 5: Properly Selecting a Site for a PV System. Part II: Digging into Complete System Details. Chapter 6: PV Modules: From Sand to Electricity. Chapter 7: The Basics of Batteries. Chapter 8: Keeping Current and Voltage in Check: Charge Controllers. Chapter 9: Inverters: AC (From) DC. Chapter 10: Staying Secure: Wiring and Safety Components. Part III: Sizing a PV System. Chapter 11: Sizing a Grid-Direct System. Chapter 12: Sizing a Battery-Based System. Chapter 13: Sizing Conductors, Conduit, and Safety Components. Part IV: Installing a PV System. Chapter 14: The Permitting Process. Chapter 15: Staying Safe Anytime You Work on a PV System. Chapter 16: Assembling the Mechanical Parts. Chapter 17: Integrating the Electrical Elements. Chapter 18: Commissioning, Inspecting, and Maintaining a PV System. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Avoid Common Code Mistakes. Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Maximize Energy Production for Your Clients. Index.
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