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ELEC 144 Solar Energy Fundamentals

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Electronics Technology Materials

Extra supplies/lab fees may be required in all Electronic Technology courses.

Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

This course covers the fundamentals of solar energy production, including both thermal and photovoltaic technologies. Included will be an overview of applicable electrical principles, load analysis, evaluation of the solar resource, system sizing principles, and coverage of the components included in off-grid and grid interactive systems. The lab section provides hands-on experience in building and testing solar based systems. Information will also be provided on the California rebate process and installer certification requirements for residential-based solar energy systems.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU