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The fun and easy way to get a grip on photovoltaic design and installationDesigning 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 examWhether 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!
Ryan Mayfield is President of Renewable Energy Associates, a consulting firm providing design, support, and educational services for commercial photovoltaic systems. He is also Photovoltaic Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro magazine, where he also regularly contributes feature articles.
Table of Contents
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.