THE PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV) INDUSTRY stands on the brink of a revolution. The
appeal of a new and growing industry has brought an influx of new PV profes-
sionals to the market, but the availability of educational resources has not kept
pace with market demands. This gap has led to serious quality and performance
issues that the industry will need to face in the decades ahead.
The Art and Science of Photovoltaics series was developed to fill this education
gap. Each book in the series goes beyond simple systematic processes by tackling
performance challenges using a systems perspective. Readers do not learn PV
design and installation steps in a vacuum; instead they gain the knowledge and
expertise to understand interrelationships and discover new ways to improve
their own systems and positively contribute to the industry.
This series is aimed at both the novice and expert. The texts take the learner
from an overview of PV, through simple design and installation steps and consid-
erations, to the design and installation of high-performance systems. The series
also prepares readers for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.
Readers will come to understand PV using a system perspective. This
includes how the selection and installation of each component in the system
influences other components. Together, each design and installation consider-
ation has a considerable impact on the ability of the PV system to generate power
efficiently over its lifetime. The series also focuses on high-performance PV—
what it is, how it can be designed and installed, and how performance improves
the client-customer relationship and the industry as a whole.
Advanced Photovoltaic System Design provides readers with the ability to
understand, design, and recognize high-performance PV systems. The single
most important concept that readers will gain is that small steps and decisions
add up incrementally to sizeable energy production increases, longer system and
component lives, and less maintenance costs. More than anything else, perfor-
mance PV is about producing more electricity for less cost. Readers will also learn
the difference between designing for code and designing for performance.
Readers will complete the text with the ability to create basic three-line PV
The writers and editors of the Art and Science of Photovoltaics series sincerely
hope it plays a role, not only in the reader’s success in a PV-related career, but in
raising the standards and professionalism of the industry as a whole. This, it is
hoped, will contribute to the nation’s energy security and to a cleaner and less
carbon-dependent environment.
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