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dc.contributor.advisorKobus, Chris J.
dc.contributor.authorGentry, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-15T14:50:20Z
dc.date.available2013-07-15T14:50:20Z
dc.date.issued2013-07-15
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10323/1779
dc.description.abstractAdding a photovoltaic (solar) array to a rooftop could be an overwhelming project for the average do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowner. There are many areas of research and engineering that are involved in properly designing a system that will not only function well, but will last a lifetime and fall within the rules and regulations too. The object of this project is to guide the average DIY homeowner through the process of analyzing, designing, and installing a photovoltaic (PV) solar array on a residential rooftop. The pages below will list the steps needed to design a system and provide an example of a residential design along the way. The occupant envelope provided as the example for this project uses a 16.5 kW solar array and, with government incentives, attained a final payback period of 14 years. With the information provided in this guide, one can design a proper sized PV array, apply the best fit energy efficiencies, analyze a rooftop for proper installation, and determine the payback period associated with the combined improvements.en_US
dc.subjectEngineeringen_US
dc.subjectAlternative energyen_US
dc.subjectSolaren_US
dc.subjectPoweren_US
dc.subjectEnergy useen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmenten_US
dc.subjectFossil fuelen_US
dc.subjectThermodynamicen_US
dc.titleEnergy Assessment, Analysis, Design and Installation of Optimal Photovoltaic Array on a Residential Rooftopen_US
dc.typeThesiseng


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