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Since 1991, Solar Energy International (SEI) has been dedicated to renewable energy education providing in-person instruction, hand-on labs, and online training. Now the solar industry is growing like never before, and SEI remains the number one choice for information and education, both for those new to the field and industry veterans who wish to further their knowledge.
Completely updated, printed in full color, and loaded with photos of real-world installations, interviews with industry insiders, and extensive examples, the Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals is an in-depth exploration of the core concepts necessary to design and install photovoltaic (solar electric) systems, including: The industry: Renewable energy, solar electricity, the business and finance of solar, and opportunities in the field How photovoltaics (PV) work: Introduction to electricity and the photovoltaic effect, quantifying the solar resource, and siting arrays Designing systems: Module and inverter selection and integration for grid-direct systems System sizing: Accurate estimation of energy production to meet customer expectations for grid-direct systems Electrical components: Requirements for conductors, disconnects, and overcurrent protection Installing systems: Mounting options, roof work, and safety considerations Commissioning: Equipment and procedures for proper system installation and commissioning
Table of Contents
Unit 1: Overview of Renewable Energy and the Solar Industry
Chapter 1: The Case for Renewable Energy
Chapter 2: An Overview of Photovoltaics and the Solar Industry
Unit 2: Electricity and Components
Chapter 3: Basics of Electricity
Chapter 4: Components
Unit 3: Modules, Series and Parallel, and Meters
Chapter 5: Photovoltaic (PV) Modules
Chapter 6: Series and Parallel Connections with Modules
Chapter 7: Testing Modules with a Multimeter
Unit 4: Solar Site Analysis and Mounting
Chapter 8: Solar Site Analysis
Chapter 9: Mounting
Chapter 10: Roofing Systems
Unit 5: Grid-Direct System Sizing
Chapter 11: Implementing Efficiency
Chapter 12: Grid-Direct Inverters
Chapter 13: Grid-Direct System Sizing
Unit 6: Grounding, Wiring, and Overcurrent Protection
Chapter 14: Grounding
Chapter 15: Wiring
Chapter 16: Disconnects, Overcurrent Protection, and Series Fusing
Chapter 17: Basics of Service Panel Connections
Unit 7: Safely Installing and Commissioning Grid-Direct Systems
Chapter 18: Jobsite Safety Chapter 19: Safe Procedures for Installation and Commissioning
Unit 8: Battery-Based Systems
Chapter 20: Battery-Based Systems Overview
Chapter 21: Introduction to Battery-Based System Sizing
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