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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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By Kedar A K

Jun 5, 2020

A good course for learning the basics of Photovoltaic systems.


Apr 1, 2020

Design of industrial systems 100MW and above should be coverd

By Pushplekh K

Aug 21, 2020

Really great experience with this course in


By Vishvajeet M

Jul 17, 2020

This project must very interesting and knowledgeable


Jun 28, 2021

overall good course for getting your basics clear


Jun 17, 2020

Learnt more about solar. Was nice learning here.


Oct 3, 2020

Almost cover all basics concept of solar PV.


Dec 2, 2019

According to ques the class is not be taken

By Kanva K

Apr 18, 2020

Very knowledgeable, clear and simple words

By sebastian v

Feb 9, 2021

Esta bien diseñado y explicado el curso

By Prakash N

Sep 5, 2020

PLEASE make the course less US centric

By Laurent J

Nov 7, 2021

Good introduction on basic principles

By Mohammed H A D

Nov 17, 2020

I t is very beneficial course with a

By Sonchita D

Jul 5, 2020

amazing course to get a head start!

By Selciya

Aug 25, 2020

Good course.. Easy to understand

By pujitha t

Oct 22, 2020

understandable and interesting

By Shubham M P

May 22, 2020

Best course also much useful.

By Abobakar A S A S

Aug 8, 2021

T derfull t e t

By Johan C C

Jun 12, 2020

Excellent, I learned a lot

By Umer I

May 16, 2020

good course for beginners

By Imtyaz A

Mar 14, 2021

Nice draft course materi

By Sanjana S

May 25, 2020

too good and informative

By Nawin

Jun 9, 2020

Nice for my pg degree.

By Ashish k

Sep 7, 2020

Easy to understand


May 1, 2020

Excellent course