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SEI Textbook Series

For more than a decade, Solar Energy International has been the leader in solar energy textbooks and continues to be committed to providing up-to-date materials and innovative instructional technologies. In the spirit of this commitment to renewable energy education, SEI is pleased to announce the Solar Energy International Textbook Series being released throughout the coming year.

Printed in full color with high resolution photos of real-world PV applications, informational graphs, and interviews with professionals throughout the industry, these textbooks set a new standard for renewable energy training programs all over the U.S. and internationally. This textbook series includes both introductory topics for people just entering the field and highly technical textbooks for solar professionals:

  • Introduction to Renewable Energy
    iPad / iBooks Format - (Available now! Click here to purchase on iTunes)
  • Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications
    Print and eBook Format - (Order NOW! Click here to purchase - shipping NOW!!)

New Learning Technologies - Textbook / eBook Bundle!

In partnership with Pearson Education, SEI has created an innovative learning resource that takes the concept of the common textbook to the next level by offering a companion interactive eBook with the purchase of every textbook. Mobile learning and technical reference for renewable energy professionals who are on a job site, on-the-go, and always connected.

The eBook version of SEI's Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications leverages the power of new instructional technologies for the 21st century solar professional by offering access from any PC, Mac, iPad, or Android Tablet with full-text search capabilities, highlights, notes, bookmarks, support for multimedia content, glossaries, and many other exciting features! PC and Mac users will access the eBook from the Pearson eText portal. Mobile users will be able to download the App and enter the Pearson eText Access Card that comes with your SEI Textbook!

play-movieIf you teach for or have taken courses recently at a college or trade school, you may be familiar with other Pearson textbook titles that offer this type of online and mobile learning eText resource through Pearson's MyLabs series.  What was once only available for core academic areas like Math and Science is now available for professional solar training programs! Click the image to the right to watch the video demonstration of this new eBook technology.

 Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications Unit / Chapter Outline

Unit 1 – Overview of Renewable Energy and the Solar Industry
Chapter 1 – The Case for Renewable Energy
Chapter 2 – An Overview of Photovoltaics and the Solar Industry
Unit 2 – Electricity and Components
Chapter 3 – Basics of Electricity
Chapter 4 – Components
Unit 3 – Modules, Series and Parallel, and Meters
Chapter 5 – Photovoltaic (PV) Modules
Chapter 6 – Series and Parallel Connections with Modules
Chapter 7 – Testing Modules with a Multimeter
Unit 4 – Solar Site Analysis and Mounting
Chapter 8 – Solar Site Analysis
Chapter 9 – Mounting
Chapter 10 – Roofing Systems
Unit 5 – Grid-Direct System Sizing
Chapter 11 – Implementing Efficiency
Chapter 12 – Grid-Direct Inverters
Chapter 13 – System Sizing
Unit 6 – Grounding, Wiring, and Overcurrent Protection
Chapter 14 – Grounding
Chapter 15 – Wiring
Chapter 16 – Disconnects, Overcurrent Protection, and Series Fusing
Chapter 17 – Basics of Service Panel Connections
Unit 7 – Safely Installing, Commissioning, and Decommissioning Grid-Direct Systems
Chapter 18 – Jobsite Safety
Chapter 19 – Safe Procedures for Installation and Commissioning
Unit 8 – Battery-Based Systems
Chapter 20 – Introduction to Battery-Based Systems
Chapter 21 – Sizing Battery-Based Systems
Unit 9 – Solar Business and Finance
Chapter 22 – Entering the PV Industry
Chapter 23 – Marketing and Sales for Solar Integration Businesses
Chapter 24 – Electricity Rates, Savings, and Incentive Structures
Chapter 25 – Financial Benefit Analysis and Financing Options