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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Solar Energy Basics by The State University of New York

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About the Course

This course gives you an introduction to the fundamentals of solar power as it applies to solar panel system installations. You will learn to compare solar energy to other energy resources and explain how solar panels, or photovoltaics (PV for short), convert sunlight to electricity. You will be able to identify the key components needed in a basic photovoltaic (solar panel) system, such as is found on a house or building, and explain the function of each component in the system. You will also learn how to calculate the electrical demand of a building, how to reduce the overall demand, and then how to design a solar panel system that can meet that annual demand at a given location. You will also compare the different types of pricing models that are being used and key regulatory considerations for grid tied systems (where a house or building is connected to the electrical grid and also generates electricity from solar panels). A capstone design project that entails both the simple audit of a building to determine demand, and a selection of components to design a solar panel system to meet that demand. This course is part of the Solar Power Installation Specialization. It provides a good overview of system components and functions, but uses some simplified assumptions. The other two topical courses in this specialization entail a more advanced coverage of site assessment, factors impacting efficiency, and the sizing, design, and integration of photovoltaic systems. The specialization concludes with a capstone project course of a full site evaluation, photovoltaic system design, and installation plan. The specialization is modeled after an on campus workshop that has been running on the ESF campus for many years, and can serve as an important step for those who are interested in working the solar power field for the certification process to become a Certified PV Installation Professional, or PV Technical Sales through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)....

Top reviews

RH

Oct 14, 2019

Very good overview of solar energy and practical knowledge as well as end of course project. to improve, there should be more involvement from faculty in the project as the peer-review is flaw.

KC

Oct 06, 2019

This course is excellent! It includes all the important topics you need to know about solar energy and it is easy to understand. Definitely, it was a great decision to take it.

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By Ed P

Jul 12, 2019

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

By Kazim A

Sep 18, 2019

it was a great learning experience. Instructor way of teaching is fantastic. I recommend that for everyone who is interested in Solar career.

By Timur M

Jun 25, 2019

Couse interesting by itself, but unfortunately can't pass it, due to payment requirements. Can't afford it. Usually payments for certification, but here you have to pay for a quizes

By ricardo h

Oct 14, 2019

Very good overview of solar energy and practical knowledge as well as end of course project. to improve, there should be more involvement from faculty in the project as the peer-review is flaw.

By Karla M G C

Oct 06, 2019

This course is excellent! It includes all the important topics you need to know about solar energy and it is easy to understand. Definitely, it was a great decision to take it.

By SILVESTRE P I P

Jan 31, 2020

Very interesting, useful and profitable, spend time to finish this course. The teacher directs the lectures very well and focused on the practical, so that the objectives searched are fully achieved. Thanks coursera and the tutor who was in charge of the course, for giving this magnificent and well oriented teaching. EXCELLENT.

By RAJU R B

Nov 08, 2019

This course is really found useful for fundamentals of PV,site selection for installation of PV and design of PV system.

By Manish M

Aug 16, 2019

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

By ASAAH P

Mar 17, 2020

Very Good, but hope the calculation and selection of the other important accessories be included

By Taher A

Aug 20, 2019

Excellent Instructor. There should a specialization for Solar PV with a significant capstone.

By 蔡小弦

Dec 24, 2019

Nice and easy , for those who wants to step in this industry , this is a perfect course.

By Humberto U

Dec 01, 2019

Excelente, contenido muy completo, permite poner en practica los conocimientos adquiridos

By Pragyan P

Nov 28, 2019

Great course to learn by SUNY. Wonderful Experience. I thank Coursera for their support.

By Mohammed S F

Oct 17, 2019

A great Course to start in Solar PV Field for trades,professional engineers and learners

By Muhammad H N K

Jan 18, 2020

to the point and precise course on the basics. do able on just one weekend.

By Azeddine I

Mar 02, 2020

It's an amazing course thank you so much .It's very helpful

By Jose M

Mar 27, 2020

Great to start in the world of PV systems. Good content.

By Muhammad B

Jan 28, 2020

This is very important for knowledge in engineering .

By Ramzy M M

Feb 20, 2020

it is very good site to learn what do you want

By Andres E F C

Dec 06, 2019

Very good as an introduction to the topic.

By Mohamed m S E

Aug 27, 2019

Very good course

And very useful content

By Catalina J

Mar 22, 2020

The course in very interesting!!

By Sami R

Sep 05, 2019

Very interesting and informative

By Mohsen S

Sep 16, 2019

it helps me a lot in my career

By assi a y

Feb 07, 2020

tnx for nice information