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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


Sep 26, 2020

I'm an electrical engineering student in 6th semester. In this course I learned many new things regarding, a pathway to PV specialization, special Thanks to coursera authorities and respected Sir.

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May 18, 2020

Nice course, got to learn many new things. Previously very few knowledge about solar energy. but after taking this course, i learnt a lot of things, PV modules, efficiency, insoaltion, STC etc.

By Kurt K

Apr 9, 2022

Overall good course. I would have gotten more out of this course if it included a sample spreadsheet with the basic calculations or some sort of tool to help guide the needed calculations.

By Shubhada V A

Oct 26, 2020

This course is very nice . My knowledge is definitely get improved after doing this course. the instructor explains every point very neat and clearly.

By Ranjeet S

Jul 22, 2021

most of the basic all clear from this solar course. overall this course is very good for basic learners.

i learn many new concept from this course.

By Francesc X R A

Sep 25, 2020

Very well explained and structured.

But I would have preferred that a certified teacher or instructor review the assignments, and not the students.

By Gabriel M B

Aug 14, 2020

Curso bom. Dá um bom parâmetro de como um sistema FV funciona. Na parte normativa, não é muito útil para quem não mora nos EUA. No mas, bom curso!

By Sassi

May 17, 2021

It is my first course on solar systems and I find it suitable for beginners and it has a lot of useful information for beginners in one course


May 9, 2020

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

By Vivek a

May 12, 2020

This course help me to give the basic idea about installation of PV system and also help to learn some of the basic Knowledge about solar.

By Dilan R R

Apr 29, 2020

Very good course to get started in the world of renewable energy and become familiar with essential concepts and basic calculations.

By Pushpendra K

Aug 7, 2020

Solar energy basics course is good for electrical engineering students and I complete this course is is very useful for me

By Tushar B

Jul 10, 2020

Good Course for learning Solar Energy basics, A good introduction to the work of Solar energy and its applications

By Juan P

Oct 5, 2021

Good course !!!, it ligthed my path in this solar energy road. Thank You Coursera, SUNY and Profesor Neal Abrams

By Valentina A V

Sep 25, 2020

I would like to now more about how to organize the array, and in which cases use it (Paralell or series string)


Jul 26, 2020

Very useful videos and awesome lectures.., Good practice for Solar Panel Calculations against Residential Load

By Jasper J O D

Jan 8, 2021

Really informative tho more concentrated on US base Solar Energy rather than focusing it on a global scale

By Yarlanki M K

Apr 6, 2022

Course is really good and the instructor is eexceptionallyceptionally good in delivering the subject.

By Sidhoji S

Jul 2, 2020

gained knowledge on solar panels and installation and calculations involved. overall great course.


May 21, 2020

It is very important course for everyone who is going to be understand photovoltaic fundamentals.

By Anbumuthuraja M

May 27, 2021

good and knowledgeable gaining course related to Solar energy and PV Design and installations

By Mohamed A E L ِ

May 14, 2020

Need to mention the solar angles and how it affect the efficiency of the solar panel system

By Nicolas B

Sep 9, 2020

This course has been really beneficial while writing my paper on solar leasing in Africa.

By Andre V

Feb 4, 2021

The teacher is very clear and the information is very pertinent to the overall industry.

By Oscar F R P

Jul 30, 2020

Maybe some cheat sheets were calculations are made an explained would help out.

By Carlos H R L

Jul 27, 2020

Good background, can be complemented with more detail, i did loke it a lot.