Classes

Sierra College Photovoltaic Classes are listed in the Sierra College catalog and class schedules under Environmental Studies and Sustainability:

ESS 30 Beginning Photovoltaic Systems

Hours: 108 (54 lecture, 54 laboratory)
Description: Introduction to photovoltaic concepts, applications, and the solar energy industry. Includes basics of electricity, load estimation, energy efficiency, solar site surveying, photovoltaic system components, sizing, financial analysis, design, installation concepts, and maintenance. This course taken with ESS 32 prepares students to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge exam. (CSU)

ESS 32 Intermediate Photovoltaic Systems

Prerequisite: Completion of ESS 30
Hours: 108 (54 lecture, 54 laboratory)
Description: Expands on the fundamentals of photovoltaics with a focus on system design and installation of grid-connected residential and small commercial systems. Topics include detailed system sizing, array layout, mounting on various roof constructions, mechanical and electrical integration as well as related electrical codes and workplace safety standards. This course, taken with ESS 30, prepares students to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge exam. (CSU)

ESS 34 Advanced Photovoltaic Systems

Prerequisite: Completion of ESS 30 and ESS 32 with grades of “C” or better
Hours: 108 (54 lecture, 54 laboratory)
Description: Third course in the series which examines the theoretical and technical dimensions of photovoltaic (PV) systems in detail. Topics include advanced principles of electricity and how they apply to PV systems, commissioning, troubleshooting, net metering laws, local codes, and National Electric Code PV requirements. Off campus activities required. (CSU)