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EERE 120: SOLAR DOMESTIC HOT WATER

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course will prepare students for entry level work in the solar water heating field and will help facilities managers, architects, planners, home owners, and government officials to understand the workings and benefits of solar domestic hot water systems.

EERE 121: SOLAR SPACE HEATING

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: EERE 120 with a grade of "C" or better

This course will help professional installers understand how solar space heating can be accomplished and will help facilities managers, architects, planners, home owners, and government officials to understand the workings and benefits of solar heating.

EERE 122: RESIDENTIAL SDHW SITE ASSESSOR

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: EERE 120 with a grade of "C" or better

In this course, students will learn how to assess a home for its potential for a solar domestic hot water (SDHW) system. Students will learn how to define a site's solar window, interpret solar radiation and temperature data, size a system, identify system components, determine the best location for collectors, and determine structural integrity for an installation.

EERE 123: SOLAR WATER HEATING LAB

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: EERE 120 with a grade of "C" or better

In this course, students will learn the basics of how to properly install two types of solar domestic hot water systems suitable for northern climates. The hands-on course includes both theory and installation practice. Participants will work as a group to install both a drain back and pressurized closed-loop system on a training roof. This course will qualify the student to be on the Focus on Energy Full Service Installer list, provides fourteen Wisconsin Department of Commerce continuing education units, and twenty-one North American Board Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) continuing education credits.

EERE 124: SOLAR THERMAL DESIGN

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: EERE 123 with a grade of "C" or better.

In this course, students will learn the principles and application of hot water load analysis, component sizing, heat storage, heat distribution, and system efficiency in the design of solar thermal systems. Students will work to apply these considerations as they design four solar thermal systems based on actual case studies of space heating, domestic hot water, process heating, and pool heating systems.

EERE 151: BASIC PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course will allow students to gain a better understanding of energy efficiency and the basics of photovoltaic (PV) systems.

EERE 153: PRINCIPLES OF RESIDENTIAL PHOTOVOLTAIC SITE ASSESSMENT

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in EERE 151

Students in this course will learn how to perform a photovoltaic (PV) site assessment for a home.

EERE 155: INTERMEDIATE PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in EERE 151

This course will help the student learn the principles of photovoltaic (PV) system design and installation.

EERE 161: PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEM INSTALLATION

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in EERE 155

This course offers students an advanced level of lecture and hands-on learning that will prepare them for field installations.

EERE 163: PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEM DESIGN

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in EERE 155

This course provides the student with an advanced level of preparation for photovoltaic (PV) system design.

EERE 165: PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS AND THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE (NEC)

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in EERE 155

This course will provide the student with a basic knowledge of the National Electric Code (NEC) as it applies to photovoltaic (PV) design and installation.

EERE 167: PRINCIPLES OF BATTERY-BASED PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in EERE 155

This course will provide the student with a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding the use of batteries for photovoltaic (PV) applications.