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Renewable Energy-Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Certificate

Certificate Number 904821

Explore renewable energy generation systems with a focus on solar electric (photovoltaic) and solar thermal systems.

Certificate Completers will be able to

. Discuss and promote the benefits of alternative energy systems.
. Assess, design, assemble, install and operate photovoltaic energy systems.
. Collect and distribute data generated by alternative energy systems.

Curriculum

Catalog No. Description Credits

10-660-107 AC 1: Properties
1
10-660-104 DC 1: Introduction
1
10-660-105 DC 2: Circuits
1
10-480-101 Energy-Intro Renewable & Susta
4
10-482-126 Introduction to Solar
4
10-482-133 Photovoltaics-Advanced
4
10-482-132 Photovoltaics-Design & Site
3

Certificate Total
18

Course Descriptions

10-660-107 AC 1: Properties...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-660-104 DC 1: Introduction...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.

10-660-105 DC 2: Circuits...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR equivalent; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)

10-480-101 Energy-Intro Renew & Sustain...an overview of various renewable energy technologies and sustainable design practices and their current applications. Emphasis will be placed on policies, renewable energy production, green products and jobs.

10-482-126 Intro to Solar...an overview of the use of sunlight to produce heat and electricity and the practical and economical use of solar power and solar thermal systems. Learn the importance of energy efficiency and the economics of solar hybrid designs.

10-482-133 Photovoltaics-Advanced...topics include batteries, wiring configurations, system diagramming, National Electrical code, component selection, wiring, safety and system maintenance. (Prerequisites: 10-482-126 Intro to Solar; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro; 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; 10-620-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-482-132 Photovoltaics-Design & Site...learn steps to performing a site audit prior to installation of a PV system. Focus on defining the solar window, system site placement, system sizing and design, load analysis and energy efficiency concepts. (Corequisite: 10-482-126, Intro to Solar)

For more information, please contact: or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.