SRJC Course Outlines

10/26/2020 12:50:07 PMRENRG 103 Course Outline as of Fall 2020

New Course (First Version)
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  RENRG 103Title:  GRID TIE RES PV BASICS  
Full Title:  Basics of Grid Tie Residential Systems
Last Reviewed:11/25/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An introductory level integrated lab-lecture course to provide knowledge and skills needed to understand the relationships between designing, installing, and selling a typical residential grid tie solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 OR ESL 100 and completion of MATH 150 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introductory level integrated lab-lecture course to provide knowledge and skills needed to understand the relationships between designing, installing, and selling a typical residential grid tie solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 OR ESL 100 and completion of MATH 150 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Determine appropriate solar technologies for a given site.
2.  Utilize shade analysis and clearance requirements for optimal placement and orientation of solar arrays on roof or ground installations.
 

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During the course, students will:
1. Describe phases of a solar PV project from initial customer contact to completion.
2. Analyze a site to determine the best location to install a system.
3. Describe mounting methods on different roofing materials and soil types.
4. Document how storage systems can benefit a solar project.

Topics and Scope
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I. Utility Structures, Rate Schedules and Energy Savings
    A. Overview of utility companies
    B. Consumer utility rate schedules
    C. Electric bill interpretation
    D. Distributed-generation versus centralized-utility models
    E. System sizing based on customer current and future use
II. Fire Clearances and Permitting Issues
    A. Relevant building and fire codes
    B. The permitting process
III. Electrical Storage System Design
    A. Suitable applications and conditions
    B. Battery types
IV. Basic Electrical Components
    A. Conduit design
    B. Inverters and rapid shut-down devices
    C. Disconnects
    D. Monitoring components
V. Roof-Mounted Systems
    A. Modifications to existing roofs
    B. Attachment components and methods
    C. Installation for new roofs
VI. Basics of Ground-Mounted Systems
    A. Foundation systems
    B. Racking systems
VII. Electrical Loads
    A. Determination of critical loads
    B. Evaluation of future loads
    C. Evaluating suitability of existing electrical system
VIII. System Aesthetics
    A. Ground-mounted versus roof-mounted systems
    B. System visibility and aesthetics
IX. Basic Site Safety and Staging
X.  Site Planning
    A. Shade analysis
    B. Roof tilt and orientation
    C. Roof-mounting versus ground-mounting
XI. Ethics and Customer Service
    A. Responding to questions or requests from customers
    B. Site preparation and use of tarps, furniture covers, and walkway linings
    C. Service tips to leave a favorable, memorable impression with customers
    D. Quality system installations
    E. Preparation for the final departure of a project site
    F. System monitoring
 
The above Topics and Scope apply to both lecture and lab course components in an integrated format.

Assignments:
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1. Assigned readings (10-30 pages per week)
2. Problem sets and tasks (6-20)
3. Quizzes (5-10)
4. Midterm exam
5. Final exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 60%
Problem sets and tasks
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 60%
Quizzes, midterm and final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Photovoltaic Systems. 3rd ed. Dunlop, James. American Technical Publishers. 2012 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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