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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
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.
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
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?
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
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
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?