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1 5/4/2015College of the Canyons Solar Program1 Peter T. Parrish, Ph.D., Chair Alternative Energy Department College of the Canyons Office: (661) Mobile: (323) The Solar Program at College of the Canyons The Sun Insolation Hydronics Solar Thermal PV

2 5/4/2015 College of the Canyons Solar Program 2 “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Andrew Firestone But before we discuss applications such as Photovoltaics or Solar Thermal, we will review the Sun as a Resource

3 History of the Program April 2011 Curriculum Developed for three courses –Introduction to Energy, Solar 101, 3 units –Photovoltaics, Solar 050, 5 units –Solar Thermal, Solar 052, 5 units –Certificate of Specialization “Solar Energy Technician”, 13 units August 2011 ATEC Building completed –5,000 sq. ft. high bay laboratory for Solar (2,500 sq. ft. for plumbing, 7,500 sq. ft. for auto) –August 29, 2011 first day of classes High level of interest: ~25 students per section. Two sections of Solar 101 taught Fall Developing curriculum for –Math for the construction trades, 3 units –PV Technical Sales, 3 units 5/4/2015College of the Canyons Solar Program3

4 Philosophy of the Solar Program Solar 101 “Introduction to Energy”: broad-based course on energy as a pre/co-requisite to the other solar classes PV and Solar Thermal have major laboratory component –6 hours per week – Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm –Hands-on –Commercial off the shelf equipment Service panels, disconnects, meters/sockets Pro-Solar and Unirac mounting systems 95 W and 240 W PV modules String inverters and micro-inverters Teach to NABCEP™ JTA and Entry Level Exam Prepare students for entry level job in the solar system installation trade 5/4/2015College of the Canyons Solar Program4

5 Current Courses for Credit Solar 101: Introduction to Energy Technology ‒ Three units; 3 hours lecture per week ‒ Review of large-scale supply-side energy ‒ Fossil fuels, Nuclear, Hydro, Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biofuels, Wave Solar 050: Photovoltaics ̶ Five units; 3 hours lecture and 6 hours laboratory per week ̶ Installation focus, with safety and COTS equipment ̶ Follow Jim Dunlop’s Photovoltaic Systems with additional safety and math supplements ̶ Safety: ladder safety, harnesses, personal protective equipment, lock-out/tag-out ̶ Roof attachment skills: asphalt shingle, S-tile, flat concrete tile ̶ PV module evaluation: ̶ Manual & PVA-600 I-V measurements, effects of irradiance, backside temperature ̶ PV systems: Off-grid, 90 W-dc, 12V, 3 kWh battery, DC loads Off-grid, 360 W-dc, 24V, inverter, 6 kWh battery, DC and AC loads, aux. generator Grid-tied, 2.4 kW, micro-inverters 5/4/2015 College of the Canyons Solar Program 5

6 Current Courses for Credit Solar 052: Solar Thermal ̶ Five units; 3 hours lecture and 6 hours laboratory per week ̶ Installation focus with safety and COTS equipment ̶ Follow Laughton’s “Solar Domestic Hot Water” with safety and math supplement ̶ Safety: ladder safety, harnesses, personal protective equipment ̶ Roof attachment: asphalt shingle, S-tile, flat concrete tile ̶ Schematic and layout ̶ Dry-lab and Bill of Material ̶ Soldering, insulating pipes and sensor installation ̶ Use Steca controllers and Fluke thermal imager ̶ Solar Thermal systems: design, build and test: Thermosyphon (alone and as preheat option) Closed loop glycol Drainback Hydronic heating Swimming pool 5/4/2015 College of the Canyons Solar Program 6

7 Courses Under Development Solar XXX: PV Technical Sales ̶ Three units ̶ Lecture 3 hours per week with demos ̶ Incorporate much of NABCEP/IREC JTA Outline ̶ Marketing the Company (3 hours) ̶ Customer Relationship Management (1.5 hours) ̶ Qualifying the Customer (6 hours) ̶ Preliminary Proposal and Price Estimate (6 hours) ̶ Detailed System Design (9 hours) ̶ Applying for a Permit (3 hours) ̶ Utility Interconnection (1.5 hours) ̶ Cost Proposal and Sales Contract (6 hours) ̶ Technical Proposal (3 hours) ̶ Owner’s Manual (3 hours) 5/4/2015 College of the Canyons Solar Program 7

8 Courses Under Development Solar YYY: Computational Methods for Renewable Energy ̶ Three units ̶ Lecture 3 hours per week with demos ̶ Covers ̶ Basic algebra and trigonometry ̶ Metric system and prefixes ̶ Exponential notation ̶ Decimal fractions and percentages ̶ Emphasis on flux, power and energy ̶ Chemical, electric, thermal and radiation problems 5/4/2015 College of the Canyons Solar Program 8

9 Certificates Solar Energy Technician Certificate – 13 units – Solar 101 – Intro to Energy I – Solar Photovoltaics – Solar 052 – Solar Thermal Solar Administration Certificate (planned) – 19 units – Solar Technician (13 units) plus – Solar XXX – PV Technical Sales (3 units) – Solar YYY – Computational Methods for the Construction Trades (3 units) AS Degree (planned) – 29 units – Solar Administration Certificate (19 units) – ESYS 123 – Residential Wiring (3 units) – CONST 124 – CA Electrical Code (3 units) – Solar 102 – Intro to Energy II (3 units) – CWEE – Internship (1 unit)

10 5/4/2015 College of the Canyons Solar Program 10 PV Laboratory

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12 Solar Thermal Laboratory 5/4/2015College of the Canyons Solar Program12

13 Mock Roofs are Designed in SketchUp

14 Equipment Boards (SketchUp)


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