IN THIS CHAPTER
Taking a look at the PV timeline
Refreshing yourself on the basics of electricity and the solar resource
Selecting a site for a PV system and outlining the different system components
Making the sun work on your client’s behalf with proper system sizing and installation
Getting to know Code
In recent years, photovoltaic (PV) systems have popped up on people’s homes and businesses all over the United States. Believe it or not, this desire to use the sun to power people’s electricity needs is anything but new. Ever since scientists discovered materials that can produce electrical current by simply being exposed to light, people have been excited about this energy source. Get ready to dive into the exciting and ever-expanding world of solar power with the overview I provide in this chapter.
To truly appreciate PV, it helps to have an understanding of where the technology ...