This book explains the science of photovoltaics (PV) in a way that most people can understand, using the curriculum which reflects the core modules of the NABCEP Associate Exam. Whether or not you are taking the NABCEP Associate Exam, learning the material covered in this book is the best investment you can make insuring your place and moving up in the solar industry.
Providing complete coverage of the NABCEP syllabus in easily accessible chapters, this book addresses all of the core objectives required to pass the exam, including the ten main skill sets:
- PV Markets and Applications
- Safety Basics
- Electricity Basics
- Solar Energy Fundamentals
- PV Module Fundamentals
- System Components
- PV System Sizing Principles
- PV System Electrical Design
- PV System Mechanical Design
- Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting.
You will learn the importance of surveying a site and how to carry out a survey, how to use the tools that determine shading and annual production, and the necessity of safety on site. This guide also includes technical math and equations that are suitable and understandable to those without engineering degrees, but are necessary in understanding the principles of solar PV.
This new edition of Sean White’s highly successful study guide has been updated throughout and reflects recent changes in the industry.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: PV markets and applications
Chapter 2: Safety basics
Chapter 3: Electricity basics
Chapter 4: Solar energy fundamentals
Chapter 5: PV module fundamentals
Chapter 6: System components (definitions)
Chapter 7: PV system sizing principles
Chapter 8: PV system electrical design
Chapter 9: PV system mechanical design
Chapter 10: Performance analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting
Special section: string sizing
70 practice exam questions
Sean White is a Solar PV professor, trainer and contractor, and was the IREC Trainer of the year in 2014. Sean has worked with NABCEP on various projects and travels the world teaching PV classes in person and online. He is based in the USA.
"Sean's books are the industry standard for passing NABCEP exams. I teach NABCEP Associate classes and want my students to pass. Sean's book - Solar Photovoltaic Basics - is the primary text and study guide I utilize to assure my students success." -- Spencer Wright, Solar PV Technical Trainer, Solar PV Inspector
Praise for the previous edition:
"I took Sean White's Entry Level PV Course and passed the NABCEP Entry Level Exam right away. He has a great way of explaining things. I recommend his book!" –David Inda, Fleet Manager, Clean Power Finance