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Solar Training in New Jersey

Course Description:

Information & Technology Management's 300 hour solar training in NJ provides a solid education in the skills and knowledge necessary for this emerging area of technology. Students who complete our solar panel installer and PV installation training have the requisite skills to obtain an entry level job in this fast-growing field. Students who complete the solar training program at ITM in Edison, New Jersey are eligible to take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.

The PV Solar Market Today

  1. Review the history of PV technology and industry growth
  2. Describe markets and applications for PV (grid-tie, remote homes, telecom, etc.)
  3. Identify types of PV systems (direct motor, standalone with storage, grid-backup, etc.)
  4. Associate key features and benefits of PV with applications through solar training

Safety Basics

  1. Identify safety hazards of operational and non-operational PV systems
  2. Review of job site hazards, safety practices and protective equipment while installing PV systems.

The Basics of Electricity

  1. Review contrast between energy and power
  2. Identification of basic electrical terms and simple circuits
  3. Describe the use of digital multi-meter
  4. Calculate simple circuit values

The Fundamentals of Solar Energy

  1. Identification and review of basic solar vocabulary
  2. Determine magnetic declination given true south vs. magnetic south
  3. Describe Basic solar movement and effect of earth tilt
  4. Predict solar position using solar path diagrams
  5. Describe angular effects on the irradiance of array
  6. Identify factors that reduce/enhance solar irradiation
  7. Determine average solar irradiation on various surfaces
  8. Convert solar irradiation into a variety of units
  9. Establish the effect of the horizon on solar irradiation
  10. Demonstrate use of Solar Pathfinder or sun charts

The Fundamentals of PV Modules

  1. Review the process how solar cells convert sunlight into electricity
  2. Label key points on a typical IV curve
  3. Identify key output values of solar modules using manufacturer literature
  4. Illustrate effect of environmental conditions on IV curve
  5. Illustrate effect of series/parallel connections on IV curve
  6. Review testing conditions for solar cells and modules
  7. Compute expected output values of solar module under variety of environmental conditions
  8. Compare the construction of solar cells of various manufacturing technologies
  9. Compare the performance and characteristics of various cell technologies
  10. Describe the components and construction of a typical flat plate solar module
  11. Calculate efficiency of solar module
  12. Explain purpose and operation of bypass diode
  13. Describe typical deterioration/failure modes of solar modules
  14. Identify the major qualification tests and standards for solar modules

System Component Part of a PV System

  1. Review the most common mounting techniques for PV solar modules
  2. Compare features and benefits of different solar mounting techniques
  3. Explain the relationship between solar module cell temperature and environmental conditions, given mounting method (e.g., NOCT)
  4. Describe purpose and operation of main electrical BOS components (inverter, charge
  5. controller, combiner, ground fault protection, battery, generator)
  6. Recognize manufacturers specification data of main electrical BOS components

How to Size a PV Array

  1. Illustrate how different loads change the IV curve
  2. Analyze load demand for stand-alone and grid interactive service
  3. Identify typical system electrical output derating factors
  4. Calculate estimated peak power output (dc and ac)
  5. Calculate array and inverter size for grid-connected system
  6. Calculate estimated monthly and annual energy output of grid-connected system
  7. Explain relationship between array and battery size for stand-alone systems
  8. Calculate array, battery and inverter size for stand-alone system

Typical PV System Electrical Design

  1. Determine series/parallel PV array arrangement based on module and inverter specifications
  2. Choose BOS equipment suited for specific system requirements
  3. c. Determine voltage drop between major components during PV installation and solar training in Edison, New Jersey.

Mechanical Design of PV Systems

  1. Describe the importance of row shading and the relationship with tilted modules and sun angle
  2. Review critical mechanical loads on a PV systems

How to Analysis Performance and Troubleshoot Problems

  1. Identify typical system design errors of PV systems
  2. b. Define typical system performance problems after PV installation
  3. Link array performance glitches with typical causes
  4. List the equipment needed for typical system performance analysis
  5. Identify the contrast between actual system power output to expected output
  6. Review locations of common electrical and mechanical failures

Prerequisites: None.

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