ELEC 144 Solar Energy Fundamentals
- Electrical concepts, load analysis, and system sizing
- Stand-alone (off-grid) and utility intertie photovoltaic, and solar thermal systems
- Home-based California Rebate Process Information
- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Certification available
- Design your own solar generated Renewable Energy system
Prerequisite: eligibility for or successful completion of MATH 110 or 111 or equivalent; completion of ELEC 110 or equivalent, or equivalent experience.
Equivalence will be determined by instructor during the first class meeting of the semester. If you are unsure of your qualifications, we encourage you to enroll in the course and request instructor evaluation.
This course covers the fundamentals of solar energy production, including both thermal and photovoltaic technologies. Included will be an overview of applicable electrical principles, load analysis, evaluation of the solar resource, system sizing principles, and coverage of the components included in off-grid and grid interactive systems.
The lab section provides hands-on experience in building and testing solar based systems. Information will also be provided on the California rebate process and installer certification requirements for residential-based solar energy systems.
Students who complete this course will qualify to sit for the NABCEP entry level solar certification exam. (CSU transferable)