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REPV (A): Advanced Design & Installation of Photovoltaic Systems
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This week-long advanced photovoltaics class covers advanced topics on design and installation of residential and commercial PV systems. This advanced course delves into the details of electrical standards and codes.

6/1/2015
When: June 1 -5, 2015
Where: 1575 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina 
United States
Contact: JoAnn Henry

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PRE-REQUISITE:
Completion of one of either NCSU Entry Level PV course – REPV or Online REPV OR Certificate of completion from an equivalent Entry Level NABCEP course (courses list here)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. This week-long advanced photovoltaics class covers advanced topics on design and installation of residential and commercial PV systems. This advanced course delves into the details of electrical standards and codes. You must have taken an entry-level PV class to take this course.

This course counts for the 40 hour advanced PV course education requirement  found in SEC 3.5 of the NABCEP Candidate Handbook  needed to sit for the NABCEP PV installer exam.  The bulk of this week-long workshop covers topics relating to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) requirements for PV systems and prepares the participant for proper code compliance, wire sizing, equipment specifications, permit processing, commissioning and other necessary steps in the design and installation phases of residential and commercial systems. Activities in this workshop include designing a multiple inverter commercial PV system, from choosing equipment to processing forms, and a tour of commercial PV systems.

REPV (A) LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
At the end of the class, you should be able to:

  • Thoroughly understand Grid tied PV system design
  • Identify optimum sites for solar electric systems IV curve tracer; shading live system; Pathfinder
  • Calculate inverter efficiency
  • Navigate and interpret NEC Article 690
  • Identify and interpret required disconnects, combiner specifications, mechanical drawings
  • Calculate tilt angle; inter-row shading
  • Understand commissioning
  • Troubleshoot ground faults
  • Design and wire diagram a complex commercial scale system