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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....

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Jun 17, 2020

I would like to thank you and your team for this great course, I'm really appreciated, it was very helpful as starting in this field, and I will be the first one who will take all your next courses


May 3, 2021

Good course. Some downloadable presentation slides would have been helpful to seal the learning. Otherwise, I learned a lot and have a much better understanding of solar energy and it's potential.

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By Goti a j

Feb 5, 2021

Solar energy basic cource is very helpfull

By Paul L

Aug 9, 2020

Excellent course. Instructor is very good!

By Deleted A

Jun 16, 2020

It was a great experience from the course.


Nov 28, 2021

Best Course for Core Electrical Engineers


Nov 9, 2021

Course was really informative and helpful

By Emmett C

May 20, 2020

Well put together and easy to understand!

By Usman S

Mar 31, 2022

Highly recommended course for beginners.

By Ahmad k h

Oct 27, 2020

such a great course thanks from coursera

By Vadke M D

Aug 18, 2020

Learned more about PV's and their sizing

By MR. B C

Jun 5, 2020

Fantastic Lecture By Prof. Nael Abrahams

By Romit B

Jun 3, 2020

This was a great and informative course.

By محمد ا

Aug 27, 2019

Very good course

And very useful content

By kuldip k

Sep 24, 2020

learnt most of the basics as a beginner

By Pavan S

Aug 10, 2020

Good Course. You will learn some skills

By Anas I

Jul 15, 2020

Good Course to understand Solar system

By 18-R-0209sunitha

May 6, 2020

Nice, I have learnt a lot about PV cell

By atif a

Apr 21, 2020

One of the best courses in solar energy

By Abbas Y A H

Nov 2, 2021

Very interesting and practical course.

By Jens

Jan 19, 2021

Great introduction to the basics of PV

By Bobby N

Jun 12, 2020

Very good experience and well teached.

By Paneti A V P

Jun 6, 2020

Good course to gain knowledge on Solar

By Dr. S K M

May 20, 2020

Very well designed & nicely explained.

By vinay k

May 13, 2020

excellent course......thanks professor

By Luis A R

May 24, 2021

An excellent way of get into PV world

By Usama A

May 2, 2021

excellent course for baasic knowledge