DescriptionThe 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!
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.