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ETEC 123 Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

4 credits
Direct conversion solar (Photovoltaic) is one of several viable alternative energy sources. In this course, students will gain the skills necessary to analyze a site and determine if requisite conditions have been met to support a viable Photovoltaic power generation system. Includes laboratory.

Prerequisites: ETEC 110  or instructor permission.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of solar energy and how it is used
  • Apply basic electrical measurements and calculations in regards to solar power needs
  • Analyze a solar thermal system’s ability to produce energy
  • Analyze a potential solar energy site to determine if it will support the needs of a photovoltaic system
  • Describe safety aspects of mechanical load on support structures
  • Describe and review current regulations and environmental laws, including permit laws, regarding the construction of a photovoltaic energy system
  • Describe the steps and materials needed for a photovoltaic construction project
  • Describe in detail the components of a functional stand-alone photovoltaic system
  • Calculate the return on investment of a photovoltaic power system