SRJC Course Outlines

10/26/2020 12:21:21 PMRENRG 104 Course Outline as of Fall 2020

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  RENRG 104Title:  GRID TIE RES PV INSTALL  
Full Title:  Grid Tie Residential Solar PV Installation
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 intermediate level, integrated lecture-lab class to focus on the installation of residential grid tie solar systems, including technology types, fire codes, permitting, utility interconnection, and ongoing maintenance. This course is intended for students to become solar photovoltaic system installers.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of RENRG 102 and RENRG 103


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An intermediate level, integrated lecture-lab class to focus on the installation of residential grid tie solar systems, including technology types, fire codes, permitting, utility interconnection, and ongoing maintenance. This course is intended for students to become solar photovoltaic system installers.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of RENRG 102 and RENRG 103
Recommended:
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.  Describe the steps to ensure site safety.
2.  Describe best practices for installing solar on different roofing types.
3.  Explain the differences between different types of inverters and the benefits and disadvantages
    of each.
4.  Define different conduit types and their use.
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Discuss issues related to site safety.
2. Review case studies of roof-mounted and ground-mounted solar system installations.
3. Research the differences of inverter types used in the industry for different installation
    applications.
4. Investigate the physical properties of different materials used for conduits and components
    and understand their suitability for appropriate use on a solar system installation.
5. Demonstrate proper use of hand tools for a basic solar installation.
6. Assemble a simple racking and module system.

Topics and Scope
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I. Project Preparation
    A. Parts lists and safety equipment
    B. Homeowners associations
    C. Preparing permit package submittals
    D. Permits
    E. Preliminary site meeting
    F. Coordinating with utility company
II. Site Safety
    A. Fire prevention
    B. Ladder safety
    C. Electrical lock-out
    D. Customer safety
III. Equipment Staging
    A. Securing equipment and tools
    B. Maximizing work done on the ground
    C. Benefits of new technologies
IV. Electrical Meters and Sub-Panels
    A. Bus bar ratings for solar
    B. Connections and disconnects
    C. Pull boxes and in-ground boxes
V. System Technologies
    A. Inverter types: string, string with optimizers, micro inverters
    B. Module types: standard, AC modules, stringing
    C. Racking types: rail-based, rail-less, ground mount
    D. Attaching to basic roofing structures
    E. Attaching using basic ground mount systems
    F. Monitoring systems
    G. Rapid shut-down and California Public Utilities Commission Rule 21
VI. Conduit and Wiring Types
    A. Site Conditions
    B. Conduit types: Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT), PVC, Romex, liquid tight,
         flex
    C. Voltage drop requirements
    D. Penetrations
    E. Labeling
    F. National Electric Code (NEC) regulations
VII. Solar and Storage
    A. Basic AC and DC coupling
    B. Protected loads panel
    C. Storage with a generator
VIII. Mounting to Structures
    A. On buildings
         1. Fiberglass composition shingle roofs
         2. Tile roofs
         3. Metal roofs
         4. Flat roofs
    B. Ground mounts
         1. Soil types
         2. Single pole or structure
         3. Solar trackers
IX. Install Solar Modules
    A. Safely handling modules
    B. DC string
    C. Micro inverters
    D. AC modules
    E. Cable management
X. Final Commissioning      
    A. Visual inspection
    B. Mechanical tests
    C. Electrical tests
    D. Complete project
    E. Monitoring systems
    F. Customer orientation and turnover documents
XI. Maintenance
    A. Preventative maintenance
    B. Module cleaning
 
The above Topics and Scope apply to both lecture and lab course components in an integrated
format.

Assignments:
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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Assigned readings (10-30 pages per week)
2. Problem sets (6-20)
3. Quizzes (5-10)
4. Midterm exam
5. Final exam
 
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Weekly lab tasks
2. Tool use demonstrations (5-10)

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 and skill demonstrations 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
10 - 40%
Problem sets and tasks
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 50%
Tool use demonstrations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
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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