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Inspecting Solar Systems: A Seminar for Code Officials, Electric Utilities and Contractors. Dave Click, Florida Solar Energy Center (Cocoa, FL) January 26, 2009. Acknowledgments, Contact Information. GRU Jerry Ventre & Jim Dunlop, NJATC John Wiles, NMSU

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inspecting solar systems a seminar for code officials electric utilities and contractors
Inspecting Solar Systems: A Seminar for Code Officials, Electric Utilities and Contractors

Dave Click, Florida Solar Energy Center (Cocoa, FL)January 26, 2009

acknowledgments contact information
Acknowledgments,Contact Information
  • GRU
  • Jerry Ventre & Jim Dunlop, NJATC
  • John Wiles, NMSU
    • http://www.nmsu.edu/~tdi/Photovoltaics/PV-Energy.html

Dave Click, Research Engineer

Florida Solar Energy Center

321.638.1408, daveclick [at] fsec [dot] ucf [dot] edu

afternoon agenda
Afternoon Agenda
  • Photovoltaic Systems and Applications
  • Photovoltaic Components and System Configurations
  • Permitting and Inspection of Photovoltaic Systems
  • Inspector Guidelines for PV Systems
  • Inspection Checklist
principal elements of a photovoltaic pv system
Principal Elements of a Photovoltaic (PV) System

use

inversion (AC) & conditioning

energy

source

distribution

conversion (DC)

electric

utility

storage

types of pv systems
Types of PV Systems
  • Utility-interactive (or grid-connected, or grid-tied) PV systems
  • Stand-alone PV systems
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Inverter

PV Array

Service

Panel

Distribution

System

Loads in Home

A Simple Grid-Tied Photovoltaic System

solar electric thermal and energy efficiency
Solar Electric, Thermal and Energy Efficiency
  • An effective and highly marketable combination
  • Both electric and thermal power produced on site
  • A giant step toward the zero energy home
side by side tests
Side-by-Side Tests

Finding the efficiency limits

Standard vs. Best Available

manufactured housing
Stronger roof for high wind loads

Double trusses to support roof components and cladding (i.e., PV array attachments)

Manufactured Housing
nist s rooftop photovoltaic system
NIST’s Rooftop Photovoltaic System

Size – 35 kW DC (Standard Rating Conditions)

Total Installed Cost - $239,945 or $6.86 per DC Watt

Installation Date – September 11-14, 2001

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ASE 18 kW Flat Roof Rack Mount ArrayBallasted Roof Jack FoundationEll Student Center, Northeastern Univ.
ac modules
AC Modules

GIT Aquatic Center Canopy

GIT Aquatic Center Canopy

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PV and New Fuels

Stuart

Ford Motor Company

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

highway signs
Highway Signs

Directional Messages

Warning Signs

traffic control
Traffic Control

School Warning Signs

Arrow and Message Boards

area lighting
Area Lighting

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

navigational aids
Navigational Aids

Channel Markers

Marine Data

cathodic protection and vaccine refrigeration
Cathodic Protection and Vaccine Refrigeration

Vaccine Refrigeration

Cathodic Protection

recreational applications
Recreational Applications

Sail Boats

Recreational Vehicles

utility applications
Utility Applications

SMUD

Austin Energy

installed costs for 100 pv systems in florida
Installed Costs for 100 PV Systems in Florida

Total Costs

Equipment Costs

Labor Costs

myth that solar energy uses too much space
Myth that Solar Energy Uses too Much Space

Lake Mead formed by Hoover Dam has an area of 640 km2. The dam has a capacity of 2,080 MW. If the same area was covered with 15% efficient solar modules, the peak solar output at noon could be at least 60,000 MW!

This includes a large margin for DC-AC inverter loss and the spacing between PV array rows

pv module manufacturers
Atlantis Energy Systems

BP Solar

DayStar Technologies, Inc.

Energy Photovoltaics, Inc.

Evergreen Solar

First Solar

GE Energy

Kyocera

Motech

Mitsubishi Electric

Q-Cells

Schott Solar

Sanyo

Sharp Solar

Solar Energy Corporation

Solar Integrated Tech.

Solar World (formerly Shell Solar)

SunPower

Suntech

Uni-Solar

PV Module Manufacturers
florida pv progress
Florida PV Progress

Residential:

  • $4/W incentive (up to $20,000), if money still available
  • Solar systems exempted from property tax
  • Net Metering

Commercial:

  • $4/W incentive (up to $100,000), if money still available
  • Net Metering (up to 2MW)
  • State buildings to incorporate solar in renovations/new construction

http://www.dsireusa.org/ - up to date listing of incentives

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