An examination of the practical skills needed to install utility-connected and off-grid Photovoltaic (PV) systems. Topics include the study of electric load analysis, system and component design and sizing, system siting, shading, electrical and mechanical system configuration, and safety and electrical and building code compliance supplemented with hands-on system installation. Successful completion of this course enables the student to sit for the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Entry Level Certificate. With additional education, training and installation experience, this certificate can lead to becoming a NABCEP Certified PV Solar Installer. In Massachusetts, only licensed electricians may install PV systems.
4/5 is scheduled as a make up day at Franklin County Technical School in the event of a weather cancellation.
Requires permission of instructor. Field trips required. This is the non-credit option of REE 221.