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The Guide to Photovoltaic System Installation, 1st Edition

  • Gregory W. Fletcher
  • ISBN-10: 1111639965
  • ISBN-13: 9781111639969
  • 352 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Written with the installing electrician in mind, THE GUIDE TO PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM INSTALLATION provides students with a simple, straightforward approach to understanding photovoltaic system installation in both residential and light commercial buildings. Filled with illustrations, examples, and multiple opportunities for practice, this comprehensive text includes the most up-to-date information on photovoltaic installation available on the market today. In addition, coverage of topics such as the National Electrical CodeĀ© requirements for a photovoltaic system installation ensures that students will be well prepared for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners' (NABCEP) entry level photovoltaic installer certification exam.


  • This straightforward text is designed for the entry level installing electrician.

  • Tables, illustrations, and end-of-chapter review questions are included in each chapter in order to help clarify difficult concepts and enhance student understanding.

  • Detailed coverage of the National Electrical CodeĀ© requirements for a photovoltaic system installation, including multiple examples of PV system data calculations, is provided in order to prepare students for the NABCEP entry level photovoltaic installer certification exam.

  • Coverage of the newest photovoltaic equipment and most recent trends in the field are included in order to provide students with the most up-to-date information available.

About the Author

Gregory W. Fletcher

Gregory W. Fletcher is chairman of the Trades and Technology Department and director/instructor of the Electrical Technology program at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. With more than 30 years of experience in the electrical field, he has taught electrical wiring practices at the secondary level, apprentice level, and post-secondary level. He is also the author of THE ELECTRICIAN'S GUIDE TO PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM INSTALLATION, RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY: HOUSE WIRING WORKBOOK/LAB MANUAL, and GUIDE TO USING THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE. Licensed since 1976--first as a Journeyman and then as a Master Electrician--Mr. Fletcher holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Construction and Maintenance, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Technical Education, and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Education. In addition, he is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and the National Fire Protection Association.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Photovoltaics.
2. PV System Installation Safety.
3. Understanding Electricity Basics.
4. Solar Fundamentals.
5. PV Modules.
6. Batteries.
7. Charge Controllers.
8. Inverters.
9. PV System Wiring and the NEC.
10. Sizing PV Systems.
11. Installing PV Systems.
12. Maintaining and Troubleshooting a PV System.