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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. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: This course is estimated to take about 5 weeks with around 2.5 hours of work per week....

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What you will learn

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    Calculate the energy usage at a location

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

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    Describe financial models and trends in the photovoltaic energy field

Skills you will gain

Renewable EnergyPower & energy calculationsElectronic CircuitsSolar EnergyEnergy Audits
Learners taking this Course are
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  • Operations Analysts
  • Technical Solutions Engineers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Marketing Specialists

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

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. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: This course is estimated to take about 5 weeks with around 2.5 hours of work per week....

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to solar power systems

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
3 hours to complete

Determining energy needs and sizing a PV system

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
2 hours to complete

The growth of photovoltaic markets

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
2 hours to complete

Infrastructure of Photovoltaics

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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Top reviews from Solar Energy Basics

By EPJul 12th 2019

Nice introduction to practical solar installations. The lecture was clear and appropriate. The materials were easy to follow.

By MMAug 16th 2019

Highly informative and well structured course. For a beginner this is the best course i recommend.

Instructor

Neal Abrams

Associate Professor
Chemistry

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