Solar PV Engineering and Installation
Preparation for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional, Specialist and Inspector Certification Exams
The NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Exam is the gold standard certification exam for PV professionals and is famously difficult to pass. As the industry grows and jobs have become more specialized, the Board has responded to this with NABCEP Specialist Certification Exams.
As well as the content of the PVIP, this book also covers the material in the Design, Installer and Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist Certification Exams, and provides test-taking strategy that can be used to most effectively study for and pass these assessments. Code and theory is explained in the first half of this guide, acting as a useful background for the second half, which consists of practice exam questions and answers, complete with detailed explanations. It also contains essential strategy tools, short-term memory tips and recommended reading which will be invaluable for anyone studying for the exams. The material covered in this book is not limited to those taking the test, but will also act as a valuable tool for career progression, helping the reader to work safely with code-compliant PV systems.
This second edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect the new developments in solar and energy storage systems and new technologies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Memorize and Familiarize
Chapter 2 The National Electric Code
Chapter 3 Article 690: solar PV systems
Chapter 4 Article 705: interconnections
Chapter 5 Safety, strategy and investing your time wisely
Chapter 6 Wire sizing
Chapter 7 Solar trigonometry
Chapter 8 Practice exam: 70 questions, four hours
Chapter 9 NABCEP Professional questions: With answers and explanations
Chapter 10 Bonus practice exam questions
Chapter 11 Strategy
Sean White is an experienced teacher, instructor and professional in solar PV based in the USA. He received the 2014 IREC 3i Award (Innovation. Ingenuity. Inspiration) in the category of Clean Energy Trainer of the Year and the 2011 Mike Holt Enterprises 1st place Instructor award, and was on the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Technical Committee. He is the author of Solar Photovoltaic Basics, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2018), Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electrical Code (Routledge, 2018, with Bill Brooks) and PV Technical Sales (Routledge, 2016).
‘Sean’s book was instrumental to my passing the NABCEP exam. It really hit the nail on the head.’ – Robert Wylie Hyde, Kaplan Clean Tech PV Instructor, NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional
‘I comfortably passed the NABCEP Exam and I couldn’t have done it without Sean’s book!’ – Tim Oyler, NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional