Addresses more advanced PV system design as well as the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code. The design principles of grid-tie PV systems, off grid hybrid systems and Building Integrated PV systems are covered in detail. Advances in PV technology, the economics of PV systems, computer programs for PV design, and the PV industry in general are also discussed. Students will also learn to: identify potential PV system designs suitable for a particular application and site; specify and design PV systems for various types of applications; relate the operating principles of PV system components to PV system design; estimate the energy production of a grid-tie PV system; and refer to and interpret sections of the CEC applicable to PV systems.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Specify the main components of an off-grid PV power system that includes a generator.
Analyze the site requirements for a grid-tie PV system.
Specify the main components of a grid-tie PV power system.
Estimate the energy production for a grid-tie PV power system.
Specify the electrical equipment and wiring for a PV power system, based on the CEC.
Identify appropriate grounding and bonding methods for a PV power system.
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