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Learn how to augment your home and/or business power requirements with solar energy. Students receive a general overview of the knowledge needed to choose and ultimately design an appropriate system. The course discusses the various forms of solar energy with a specific emphasis on solar electricity (i.e., how electricity can be generated, stored and utilized in the home and workplace through solar energy). In addition, instruction covers typical solar system models in order to understand how the prerequisite subsystems and their associated components are integrated into a final conceptual working system. The class material covers how to calculate anticipated electrical load requirements and the system sizing required to meet these objectives. Additional topics include: proper installation techniques, methods of monitoring systems performance, and the maintenance procedures required to assure maximum system efficiency. This class is primarily for anyone interested in and concerned about the financial, environmental, and self-sufficient aspects of solar energy. While not a highly technical course, a basic electrical/mechanical educational background is helpful due to the technology covered in the class. Home and business owners, contractors, sales people, entrepreneurs seeking business opportunities, and those who have a keen interest in solar technology significantly benefit from this course. For technical requirements.
Elective course in Construction Management, Recycling and Solid Waste Management, and Global Sustainability Certificates.
(no mtg 10/9)
No refund after Oct 9.