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Solar Photovoltaic Basics
A Study Guide for the NABCEP Associate Exam

ISBN 9781138102866
Published August 27, 2018 by Routledge
202 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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