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Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-91273-7
384 pages
August 2010
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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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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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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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