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Some calculations are required when planning for solar power, so you'll want to be comfortable with basic math operations (+,-,x,/) and percentages.

Approx. 13 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Calculate the energy usage at a location

  • Design a basic photovoltaic system to meet a specific energy need at a specific location

  • Describe financial models and trends in the photovoltaic energy field

Skills you will gain

Renewable EnergyPower & energy calculationsElectronic CircuitsSolar EnergyEnergy Audits

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Beginner Level

Some calculations are required when planning for solar power, so you'll want to be comfortable with basic math operations (+,-,x,/) and percentages.

Approx. 13 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction to solar power systems

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 48 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
10 videos
Primary energy sources3m
Transformation of Energy3m
Solar energy4m
Photovoltaic cells and modules3m
Silicon-based Photovoltaics4m
Other photovoltaic materials5m
Calculating Module Conversion Efficiency9m
Other PV system electrical components6m
PV System Mechanical Components3m
2 readings
Improvements in solar cell efficiency over time15m
A note on calculations work in the quizzes5m
5 practice exercises
Major sources of energy10m
Solar cell basics12m
Calculating efficiency <MATH>16m
Electrical and Mechanical Components8m
Solar power systems <MATH>36m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Determining energy needs and sizing a PV system

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 33 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
Measuring appliance power and energy4m
Determining appliance energy usage from web resources1m
Determining energy usage from an electric bill4m
Adjusting for location and system losses8m
Calculating system size6m
2 readings
Using Web Based Energy Tools15m
Insolation Maps15m
4 practice exercises
Power and Energy Calculations <MATH>14m
Determining energy consumption <MATH>16m
Calculating System Size <MATH>22m
Energy needs and sizing a PV system <MATH>38m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

The growth of photovoltaic markets

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Growth Potential of Photovoltaics5m
PV Growth: US Case Study8m
Applications of PV8m
2 readings
The current trends in photovoltaics20m
Current US data and predictions for the coming decades20m
4 practice exercises
Growth of PV8m
US PV growth8m
Applications of PV10m
The growth of photovoltaic markets30m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Infrastructure of Photovoltaics

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 30 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
4 videos
PV financial models: Net metering6m
PV financial models: Remote net metering, PPAs, Leasing5m
Pathways to PV Certifications7m
1 reading
Certifications for Photovoltaic Installation30m
4 practice exercises
Jobs and stakeholders in PV10m
PV Financial models <MATH>14m
Pathways to Certification10m
Infrastructure of PV <MATH>32m

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