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Solar Power Professional

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES722
Hours: 120
Fees: $1995.00 USD

Overview

In this online program, you'll learn the fundamentals of photovoltaic "PV" solar powered energy systems, gaining the knowledge you'll need for an entry level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program you'll be able to:

  • Describe the history of PV technology and industry
  • Describe markets and applications for PV
  • Describe types of PV systems and their features and benefits.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and solar terminology
  • Identify safety hazards, practices, and protective equipment used during PV system installation and maintenance
  • Define basic electrical terms
  • Describe the use of a digital multi-meter
  • Calculate simple circuit values
  • Define basic solar terms
  • Describe basic solar movement and effect of earth tilt
  • Predict solar position using solar path diagrams
  • Describe angular effects on the irradiance of solar array
  • Identify factors that reduce or enhance solar irradiation
  • Explain how solar cells convert sunlight into electric power
  • Label key points on an IV curve
  • Illustrate effect of series and parallel connections on IV curve
  • Define measurement conditions for solar cells and modules

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