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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 Sagarkumar R

Oct 12, 2020

This course is a very good for any beginers to start with.

By Vardhan C

Jun 3, 2020

Very useful course and gained lot of knowledge of PV array

By V A S

May 21, 2020

good solar overview and self learn about system and sizing

By Bautista N F

May 17, 2021

It was an awesome experience, I learned a lot! Thank you!


Apr 1, 2021

Ver good course.I have learnt the basics of solar energy.


Jul 4, 2020

good course, you get a great opportunity to learn from it

By Rupali T

Jun 13, 2020

One of the best course I have came across really helpful.


May 29, 2020

excellent course and take good knowledge from this course

By Jivan k

May 25, 2020

This is a great knowledge in present time and future time

By Adeyemi O M

Nov 6, 2021

F​antastic introduction to solar for absolute beginners!

By zeyad a a

Nov 1, 2021

great course and last project was great thank you all :D


Sep 27, 2020

the course is very informative. it is a very good course

By Omar M

Jul 19, 2020

Amazing course to learn about the basics of solar energy

By Jose M

Mar 27, 2020

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

By Rahul R

Jan 25, 2022

It was an amazing experience to learn through Coursera

By Samuel K

May 5, 2021

I was really very happy about this interesting course.

By Pramodh R

Dec 17, 2020

this is a well managed and best course in solar energy

By Pankaj K

Aug 16, 2020


By Cristian J G N

Sep 1, 2020

Excellent course I liked it a lot and I learned a lot

By Tanaya P

Apr 16, 2020

very informative and helpful in practical application

By Bilal I

Jan 28, 2020

This is very important for knowledge in engineering .


Nov 30, 2020

This could be the easiest way to teach this subject.


Jul 24, 2020

Buen curso, espero que los demás se aprenda bastante

By N S N

Jun 18, 2020

Very good course learned basics very happy for that,

By S.M. A K

May 10, 2020

Effectively delivering Lecturer. Easy to understand