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Course Title
100 Home
101 Introduction
102 FAQ Page
103 Course Catalog
104 Green World
105 Demand & Supply
106 Conservation Careers
107 Solar Careers
108 Wind Turbine Careers
109 Entrepreneurs
110 Employee or Employer?
200 Demand Management
201 Summary
202 Residential Energy Profile
203 Ten Conservation Rules
204 HVAC System
205 Kitchen Appliances
206 Water Heater
207 Lighting
208 Laundry Appliances
209 Calculating Savings
300 Renewable Technology
301 Solar Energy
302 Solar Collectors
303 Solar Water Heating
304 Stirling Engines
305 Basic AC-DC Electronics
306 Silicon Solar Panels
307 Thin Film Solar Panels
308 Wind Turbines
309 Inverters
310 Grid Tied and Off Grid
311 Solar Site Survey
312 Solar Site Diagram
313 Sun Path Chart
314 Site Survey Worksheet
315 Wind Turbine Site Survey
316 Wind Turbine Worksheet
400 Solar Thermal Design
401 Solar Heat Overview
402 System Configuration
403 Site Survey
404 SRCC Compliance
405 System Specification
406 Bill of Materials
407 System Installation
408 Solar Heat Incentives
409 Document Package
410 Future Products
500 Solar PV Design
501 Solar PV Overview
502 System Configuration
503 Site Survey
504 Grid Tied & Off Grid
505 System Specification
506 Bill of Materials
507 System Installation
508 Solar PV Incentives
509 Document Package
510 Future Products
600 Wind Turbine Design
601 Wind Turbine Overview
602 System Configuration
603 Site Survey
604 Grid Tied and Off Grid
605 System Specification
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Green Collar Careers - Solar Site Diagram

The purpose of a Site Survey is to provide a visual overview of the property and identify specific equipment locations.  Using some of the tools and websites identified below will give you the opportunity to evaluate the property in advance for suitable locations and potential obstacles.  Your goal is to take as little time on the premesis to gather exactly the information required.

Site Diagram

Google Earth has a free download that provides the tools to create an excellent Site Diagram and align the building to True South (Solar Noon).  Try it on your own home, and zoom in full view; not all homes in America will zoom in full view, most will.  Look for the best southern exposure.  Click on the image to see a larger view.

After downloading the Google Earth software take some time to go through the features;  you can always start over.  Its an easy tool to master after about 30 minutes.    After you've had some time to learn it, in the View menu, selecting "Grid" will display a latitude-longitude grid in which the grid lines run in the north-south and east-west directions.

Note the information along the bottom includes degrees latitude and longitude.  From the menu bar select "Copy Image" and save it with a graphic package such as Windows Paint, Fireworks, Adobe or the application of your choice.  (If you would like a free graphics package that works well with Google Earth, try Sketch-Up).

Print out a copy of the home at optimal zoom.  Try to sketch out the outline of the house on a piece of graph paper.  It doesn't need to be perfect or fancy and use a ruler.  These are your Site Plan documents.