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Over 230 pages of current technical information

Understanding Photovoltaics:

An Easy-to-Follow Study Guide for Solar Electric Certification Programs
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Study Guide for ETA Solar Electricity Certification Program

RELEASED JUNE 2014!

Most technical books are logically written by very technical people.  And while they may know their stuff, they almost universally seem unable to communicate that information to the rest of us in a way we can understand.  So when we began teaching our basic solar electric courses a few years ago, it soon became apparent that we would have to write our own textbook.

And at last, here it is, available for the first time to those not enrolled in our photovoltaic training courses.  Field tested by scores of students, this easy-to-follow text is designed to take an extremely "non-technical" student with zero background in PV, and literally teach them how to design and install a variety of residential systems.

This text is also designed to help prepare students who wish to sit for industry-accepted certification programs such as the ETA Level 1 PV Certification or the NABCEP PV Certificate Program.

Each chapter contains multiple choice review questions, as well as labs that comply with "hands-on" requirement of the ETA certification.

Table of Contents:

This 230-page textbook includes the following chapters:

  • Introduction to Photovoltaics
  • Solar Cells and Solar Modules
  • Types of Photovoltaic Systems
  • Basic Electrical Concepts
  • Parts of the PV System
  • Conducting a Site Survey
  • Designing the System
  • Paperwork
  • Installing the Balance of Systems
  • Testing and Commissioning the System
  • System Maintenance and Troubleshooting

also included...

  • Chapter Objectives
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Hands-On Labs
  • 139 Illustrations and Tables
  • Easy-to-Read narrative
  • Highlighted and Indexed Terms
 
Pedagogical Features

The pedagogical features of this book were carefully developed to provide readers with key content information, as well as review and testing opportunities. These include:

  • Over 230 pages of the latest information available in this rapidly developing field.
  • Over 139 diagrams and tables designed to provide regular visual reinforcement and clarity of the concepts being discussed.
  • The text follows closely the principles of STEM learning, exploring the basic Science that provides the foundation for each Technology discussed. The Engineering principles that make the technology work are explored in detail, as are the Mathematical concepts and equations that students must be able to complete if they are to have a well-rounded understanding of the technology.
  • Each chapter begins with a list of learning objectives that establishes a foundation and preview of important concepts explored within the chapter.
  • Key terms are presented in bold and highlighted in the margin for easy reference. They are also each defined in context within the chapter.
  • Each chapter concludes with a multiple-choice question section to assist in reviewing the material. The multiple-choice questions test the knowledge of basic concepts presented within the chapter. The open-ended questions are designed to test and demonstrate critical thinking abilities.
  • Lab exercises are also provided at the end of each chapter designed to not only reinforce the lessons of the chapter - but also fulfill the "hands on" requirements of the ETA PV Level  examination.
 
Teacher Support

A full-featured instructor’s guide is available for the course. Answers for all of the end-of-chapter quiz questions are included along with a paragraph reference in the chapter where that item is covered. Sample schedules are included as guidelines for possible course implementations.

Powerpoint presentations are also available that correspond with all the various lessons contained in the book.  Answers and drawings associated with the labs are also provided.


An electronic copy of the textbook is included on the Instructor's Guide CD-ROM disc.