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Credit- Degree applicable
Effective Quarter: Fall 2016

I. Catalog Information

E S 84

Residential Solar Design and Installation

1 Unit(s)


 

Requisites: Advisory: EWRT 211 and READ 211 (or LART 211), or ESL 272 and 273.

Hours: One hour lecture (12 hours total per quarter).

Description: Analysis of the key factors in designing and installing a residential solar system. Residential solar installation trends, emerging technologies and strategies, how to size the system, evaluation of modules and inverters, shading analysis, rebates and tax incentives, economic payback, buy vs. lease options, performance monitoring and how to install a complete residential solar systems will be covered. Students will spend three hours to become OSHA 10 solar safety certified to install residential solar energy systems.


Student Learning Outcome Statements (SLO)

 

• Student Learning Outcome: Analyze buy vs lease solar options and understand incentives and tax breaks


 

• Student Learning Outcome: Explore OSHA 10 safety regulations and use of tools needed to install residential solar systems safely


II. Course Objectives

A.Analyze current energy use in the residential home
B.Identify the most effective location for solar installation
C.Understand buy vs. lease options
D.Identify and select proper residential solar components
E.Understand Solar design and installation best practices and procedures
F.Demonstrate the ability to correctly calculate the return on investment and time to payback on residential solar installations

III. Essential Student Materials

 None

IV. Essential College Facilities

 Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies (Special purpose facilities: sustainable building with sustainable materials, design, Energy management lab (KC239), PV (Photovoltaic/outdoor lab KC West), rooftop/building systems: solar thermal system, PV system, controls room & other equipment.

V. Expanded Description: Content and Form

A.Analyze current energy use in the residential home
1.Explore ways to reduce energy
2.Implement energy efficiency changes
3.Determine how much energy the resident wants to offset with solar
B.Identify the most effective location for solar installation
1.Shading analysis
2.Maximum solar irradiance
3.Solar array sizing
C.Understand buy vs. lease options
1.Impact on incentives
2.True cost savings
3.Net Metering
D.Identify and select proper residential solar components
1.Modules
2.Inverters
3.Racking systems
4.Conduit
5.Cabling
6.Meters
7.Permits
8.Batteries and emerging technologies
E.Understand Solar design and installation best practices and procedures
1.Hands on OSHA 10 safety training and solar installation tool demonstration
2.Tools for installation
3.Safety Protocol and standards
4.Determine module string size and inverter selection using PV WATTS
F.Demonstrate the ability to correctly calculate the return on investment and time to payback on residential solar installations
1.Monitoring systems
2.Cleaning and maintenance
3.Analyze impact of shade on energy production utilizing a Solmetric Suneye
4.Kirsch Solar lab problem set utilizing mock roof solar system, carport solar system and single axis solar tracking system

VI. Assignments

A.Required reading assignments from text and other pertinent readings
B.Writing assignments involving summary, synthesis and critical analysis of data and information
C.Team project (including written summary) on an assigned topic
D.One team assessment (exam) that will require students to demonstrate the ability to summarize, integrate and critically analyze principles and concepts
E.Three Hours of OSHA 10 solar safety training that educates students on solar installation safety, tool use and best practices

VII. Methods of Instruction

 Lecture and visual aids
Discussion of assigned reading
Discussion and problem solving performed in class
In-class exploration of Internet sites
Homework and extended projects
Field observation and field trips
Guest speakers
Collaborative learning and small group exercises
Collaborative projects

VIII. Methods of Evaluating Objectives

A.Completion of weekly assignments including an assessment to evaluate student comprehension of the concepts, principles and best practices of installing a solar energy system on a residential home including: understanding home energy consumption and opportunities to reduce, buy vs. lease decisions, renewable energy tax breaks and incentives, solar system components and
B.Completion of team project including an assessment to evaluate student comprehension of concepts and principles in module and inverter selection, shade analysis, installation options and the return on the investment of installing solar energy on a residential roof.
C.One team assessment that will require students to demonstrate the ability to summarize, integrate and critically analyze the principles and concepts of all aspects of designing and installing a solar energy system on a residential roof.
D.Three hours of OSHA 10 safety training to certify students on solar installation safety, installation tool usage and solar installation best practices.

IX. Texts and Supporting References

A.Examples of Primary Texts and References
1.Dunlop, James. "Photovoltaic Systems- 3rd Edition" National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry. 2012
2.Solar Energy International. "Solar Electric Handbook-Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications -2013
3.Doty, Steve and Wayne C. Turner. "Energy Management Handbook Eighth Edition. Lilburn, GA: The Fairmont Press, Inc. 2012.
B.Examples of Supporting Texts and References
1.Brower, M. "Cool Energy." Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 1992.
2.Lovins, A.B. "Soft Energy Paths." San Francisco, CA: Colophon Books. 1977.
3.Federal Energy Management Program. "Greening Federal Facilities: An Energy, Environmental, and Economic Resource Guide for Federal Facilities Managers." Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Energy.
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