Basics of Solar Electricity
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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
10:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Presented by: Paul Westbrook
Basics of Solar Electricity
- Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Introduction
- System Components
- Sizing a PV System
- Optimizing a PV System
- Financial Considerations
- Energy Storage
- Case Study
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2.0 HSW CE Hours
International Code Council:
.2 CEUs (Energy)**
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**Live course approval. Not approved for on-demand format.
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Paul Westbrook designed his own solar home in north Texas in 1996, which won the Energy Value Housing Award for Innovative Design (https://enerjazz.com/house). It still ranks as one of the most efficient homes in Texas. While serving as Sustainable Development Manager at Texas Instruments International Facilities, Mr. Westbrook was the LEED AP for the 1.1 million square foot Texas Instruments factory, which was the first LEED Gold semiconductor factory in the world. He led the effort to improve the energy and water efficiency of TI’s 20 million square feet of existing global facilities. They were able to double the company energy and water efficiency in less than 10 years. In 2012, Mr. Westbrook was named a Senior Fellow for the US State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas program. He visited Honduras, Bolivia, Columbia, and Peru where he worked with governments, universities, and industry on efficiency and renewable energy. Mr. Westbrook received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA in 1982.
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Course Title: Basics of Solar Electricity
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This two-hour course serves as an introduction to solar electricity for building professionals. The course will explore solar photovoltaic system components, sizing, optimization, financial considerations and energy storage options.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to examine solar photovoltaic system components and explore techniques and practices for sizing a solar PV system.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to utilize solar photovoltaic system optimization strategies.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss the financial considerations related to solar PV systems, such as energy cost reduction and incentives.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to examine energy storage options for solar PV systems and analyze a case study.
LUs: 2.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 03/07/2026
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