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Photovoltaics: Design & Install Manual

Photovoltaics: Design & Install Manual
Photovoltaics: Design & Install Manual
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If you're considering building your own solar electric system, this book is a must. It provides a good overview of how solar energy systems work and then delves deeply into details of design and installation. An updated and revised textbook manual on how to design, install and maintain a photovoltaic (PV) system.
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SEI PV Design Manual

Solar Energy International
Photovoltaics: Design
and Installation Manual

Paperback - 320 pages
Width: 8.5 Inches x Height: 11 Inches
Weight: 900 Grams
BISAC: TECHNOLOGY / Power Resources
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865715202

A new textbook manual on how to design, install and maintain a photovoltaic (PV) system. This manual offers an overview of photovoltaic electricity, and a detailed description of PV system components, including PV modules, batteries, controllers and inverters. Electrical loads are also addressed, including lighting systems, refrigeration, water pumping, tools and appliances. The manual includes chapters on sizing photovoltaic systems, analyzing sites and installing PV systems. The manual also includes detailed appendices on PV system maintenance, troubleshooting, and insolation data for over 300 sites around the world. Used as the textbook in SEI's PV Design and Installation Workshop.

Producing electricity from the sun using photovoltaic (PV) systems has become a major industry worldwide. But designing, installing and maintaining such systems requires knowledge and training, and there have been few easily accessible, comprehensive guides to the subject.

Now, with Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual, a world-class solar energy training and education provider-Solar Energy International (SEI)-has made available the critical information to successfully design, install and maintain PV systems. Topics covered include:

  • The basics of solar electricity
  • PV applications and system components
  • Solar site analysis and mounting
  • Stand-alone and PV/generator hybrid system sizing
  • Utility-interactive PV systems
  • Component specification, system costs and economics
  • Case studies and safety issues

Photovoltaics guarantees that those wanting to learn the skills of tapping the sun's energy can do so with confidence.

Solar Energy International (SEI) has the nonprofit mission to respond to the need for renewable energy education. Based in Carbondale, Colorado, and active around the world, SEI is a link between people and renewable energy resources, providing information, education and training to people who want to shape a sustainable future. SEI is recognized by the National Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as dedicated independent provider of PV training programs that may be used toward attaining PV certification. Also, SEI is recognized as an Accredited Institution to offer PV training by the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP).


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Solar Design Manual

Alot of the designs they have in this book are based on batter backed units and is not explained to well.

I wouldnt suggest purchasing this book for any other reason then to get an idea of solar but not think it will teach you to much. I noticed some errors in it and alot of outdate in...
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indespensible for the beginner

having no solar install knowledge at all, this book helped me design and build a system from scratch. Totally recommended for the beginner. I continually reference back to it when making upgrades and equipment checks.

James Johnson


Good book for the beginner or expert. I had installed a small system on my home in the 80's, but this stuck to code requirements, and changes in the systems since that time. I also likeds the extensive use of graphics throughout the book, instead of pictures, because of the amount of detail a...
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