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Principles of Solar Power


This three-part course will cover the technical principles of the most common types of solar power systems and their installation. These major principles can guide the student in any future assessment, purchase, detailed design, or installation of a specific system. In this course students would benefit from a general understanding of basic electrical principles, but this is not required.

Session 1: Principles of Solar Power: Solar Resource & Solar Arrays

Topics will include:

  •    Types of solar power systems
  •    Designing solar power systems
  •    Solar resource in Michigan
  •    Photovoltaic cells, modules
  •    Photovoltaic (PV) arrays

Session 2: Principles of Solar Power: Batteries & Inverters

Topics will include:

  •    Fundamentals of DC power
  •    Batteries and battery management
  •    Off-grid system inverters
  •    Grid-tied system inverters

Session 3: Principles of Solar Power: System Installation, Operation, Economics, & Societal Impact

Topics will include:

  •    National Electric Code
  •    Installing solar power systems
  •    Operating and maintaining solar power systems
  •    Economics of solar power systems
  •    Safety and environmental concerns
  •    Industry development and outlook


Cost & Schedule

Cost: $99
Course Number: CVX-1002

Date: TBD
Time: TBD

Location: Delta College Main Campus

Instructor Spotlight

Currin Corporation, Midland, Michigan

Cedric G. Currin is the President of Currin Corporation, a for-profit firm developing and engineering solar-electric (photovoltaic) systems and applications. Currin Corporation is primarily dedicated to independent stand-alone photovoltaic systems for remote lighting, water pumping, and other specialized applications.

Currin received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1952 and Master of Science degree in 1955 in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. He has a long history with Dow Corning laboratories developing silicones and silicon for the electrical and electronic industries. As R&D Energy Technology Manager, Currin prepared the first corporate assessments of solar energy opportunities for silicones and silicon.

Since 1985 Mr. Currin has developed solar power systems at several National Parks and National Forests in the Great Lakes region including Sleeping bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks national lakeshores. He also designed and participated in the startup of power systems for clinics in Nicaragua, Uganda and Haiti where lighting was installed in several remote churches and schools. Currin has consulted extensively in several technical fields and has authored or coauthored more than 25 articles and technical papers. He has made over 40 presentations on solar energy to schools, universities, and civic groups. Currin has been awarded 12 US patents, five relating to solar energy. He is a member of the International and American Solar Energy Societies, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.


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