Solar Installation

Knowledge Brings Confidence
Learn everything you need to know about designing and installing solar electric systems in readily available, structured and organized information. Learn at your pace and TAKE THE MYSTERY OUT OF SOLAR POWER, take an important step in the right direction by taking advantage of this readily available readable, easy to understand information. Now, with the information offered in this E-Book, you will be able to move forward and take advantage of this clean, free, and renewable source of electrical power.

The E-Book takes you through the learning process step-by-step, starting with an overview of solar power and continues on with one of the most important things involved when living with an alternative energy system, i.e., energy conservation. You’ll learn about the various components of a solar electric system – batteries, inverters, charge controllers, solar panels, etc. and how they connect to and interact with each other to form a complete solar electric system. It will give you the knowledge to go about the installation and/or maintenance of your own solar powered system with a feeling of confidence and self-reliance.

It explains solar power in language that the average person will have no trouble understanding and putting to good use. If you want to introduce alternative power supplies around the house and garden or even live totally off-grid you need a practical introduction to solar power here is the essential eBook guide to the subject

Learn Step By Step How To Design

And Install Solar Electricity

Course Description
This photovoltaic training program is a comprehensive distance learning course that will show you how to design, install and evaluate residential and commercial photovoltaic systems.
Learn from the comfort of your own home and study when it’s convenient for you – there are no time limits. This certificate course includes instructor support, textbook, study guide and online exams.  Everything you need to graduate is sent to your home and you finish with a Certificate of Completion in Photovoltaic Fundamentals.
What you will learn
Numerous illustrations explain the concepts behind how PV arrays and other components operate, and photographs of actual installations show how components are integrated together to form complete systems.
Learn how to effectively incorporate PV systems into stand-alone or interconnected electrical systems. Then move on to PV system advantages and disadvantages, site evaluation, component operation, system design and sizing, and installation requirements and recommended practices.
This course addresses the PV topics included in the NABCEP Entry Level Program.
Chapter Titles:
  • Basic Tutorials: System Overview 
  •  Basic Tutorials: Energy Audits
  • Step One in sizing your solar power system
  • Basic Tutorials: Solar Panels
  • Solar Panels : An eco-friendly electric generator
  • The 3 basic types of Solar Panels
  • Shading & Shadows on solar panels 
  • Temperature & Wind loading considerations
  • Types of Solar Panel Array Mountings : Fixed, Adjustable, & Tracking 
  • How much sunshine will I need?
  • Cost and expected Life-Span of solar panels 
  • Technical Specs for a Schott Mono-250 Watt Solar Panel 
  • Mounting System Types 
  • Basic Tutorials: Charge Controllers 
  • Why a Charge Controller is necessary 
  • Modern multi-stage charge controllers
  • MPPT Maximum Power Point Tracking
  • Summary
  • The Power Inverter 
  • Square Wave power inverters (not so good)
  • Modified Sine Wave power inverters (better)
  • True Sine Wave power inverters (best)
  • Grid Tie Power Inverters
  • Input voltages. Should I use a 12, 24, or 48 volt inverter? 
  • Inverter Stacking: Using multiple inverters
  • Power Inverter considerations
  • How can I determine how many solar panels and batteries I’ll need?
  • What kind of wires or cables will I need to hook all this stuff together?
  • Summary
  •  Basic Tutorials: Storage Batteries
  • Storage Batteries : the fuel tank of your solar power system
  • Industrial Strength : Flooded, Gel, and AGM sealed batteries 
  • Care and Feeding
  • How to determine how charged your batteries are
  • Wiring diagrams for multiple batteries
  • Summary 
  • Battery Bank Design Tool : Battery wiring made simple with just 4 clicks. 
  • 29 Basic Tutorials: AC Generators
  • AC Generators for back-up power and running large loads
  • Summary 
  • Basic Tutorials: Wire & Cables 
  • Correct wire sizes are essential 
  • Wire chart for connecting 12 Volt solar panels to the Charge Controller
  • Connecting the Charge Controller
  • Connecting the Power Inverter 
  • Connecting the Batteries 
  • Standard Romex Type Sheathed Electrical Cable for 2% voltage drop for 12, 24, and 48 volt copper wire
  • 34 Basic Tutorials: Meters & Monitors
  • Monitoring battery voltage and system performance
  • A short electronics lesson 
  • How do I interpret all these voltage readings? 
  • So how much can I expect to pay for a multi-function monitor?  
  • 38 Appendix A: Advanced Tutorials – Battery Wiring 
  • Battery wiring diagrams 
  • Use parallel wiring to increase current (power)
  • Use series wiring to increase voltage
  • Use series & parallel wiring in combination
  • The sky’s the limit
  • See complete circuit diagrams of example Solar Energy Systems
  • Design your system quickly with our Interactive Design Tools
  • Appendix B: Advanced Tutorials — Watts & Power
  • Definitions
  • Ohm’s Law
  • The 12 basic formulas for Ohm’s Law can be expressed as follows 
  • Summary
  • Appendix C: Advanced Tutorials: Solar Radiation
  • Solar Radiation : Sunshine across the United States
  • A practical everyday example using AmpHours instead of WattHours
  • Solar Pathfinder 
  • Magnetic Declination
  • Solar Pathfinder Sunpath Chart(s)
  • Appendix D: Photovoltaics / How Solar Cells Work
  • Appendix E: Solar Electricity System Diagrams – 3 Types 
  • 1.) Grid Inter-tied Solar-Electric Systems
  • 2.) Grid-Inter-tied Solar-Electric Systems with Battery Backup
  • 3.) Off-Grid Solar-Electric Systems
  • Grid Tied System without Battery Back-up
  • Grid Tied System with Battery Back-up
  • Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) 
  • Appendix F: All about Lightning and Lightning Protection
  • Step One – Proper Grounding 
  • Grounding and NEC Requirements 
  • Surge Arrestors
  • Installing Delta Arrestors 
  • Electrical Grounding Diagrams
  • Appendix G: Return on Investment (ROI) Determination
  • Federal and State Renewable Energy Incentives, Tax Credits and Rebates
  • Appendix H 
  • 6 exercises to understand system design, 12, 24, and 48 volts systems and parallel and series wiring for panels and batteries
  • 65 Appendix I: Solar Energy Systems Terms and Definitions 

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