Introduction

This textbook comprises 12 chapters, each one representing a well-defined sequence of measurements and analyses. The laboratory textbook is designed to be a companion to the photovoltaics lecture sequence covering the sun as a resource, photovoltaic components, systems, and applications. It is assumed that the course of study for both sequences is organized into two 18-week semesters with 3 hours of lecture per week and 6 hours of laboratory per week. This text is the product of teaching photovoltaics in the California community college system, including Santa Monica College, Pierce College, College of the Desert, and College of the Canyons.

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