AE 868
Commercial Solar Electric Systems

Summary and Final Tasks


Let's go back to our scenario from the beginning of this lesson. You returned from the solar trade show, where you collected some datasheets for a series of PV modules from different manufacturers. Now that you are fully knowledgeable about the basic information of PV technology types, efficiency, power, voltage and current ratings of modules, you can work on the report needed for your director. In addition, you can confidently recommend the best PV module candidate for the solar firm you work for based on the module efficiency, color, dimensions, test standards and certifications.

As a solar designer, you are equipped with the right tools and software that can be used to learn more about the annual energy production of PV modules and the system at large. These tools help you understand the factors (such as orientation - tilt and azimuth - and ambient temperature) that affect the performance of these PV modules when they are installed. Finally, you can suggest methods to optimize the performance of the PV system.

The next lesson will discuss the bucket of stand-alone PV systems, which is the "Storage System." We will cover a variety of topics starting from basic characteristics to factors that affect performance. Finally, we will cover the essential parameters and curves that lead to optimal design.

Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson Requirements!

You have reached the end of this lesson. Before you move to the next lesson, double-check the list on the first page of the lesson to make sure you have completed all of the requirements listed there.