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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....

Top reviews


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 Yazdan N

Jul 28, 2021

Wonderful experience and a great doorway to the world of solar energy...Thanks Coursera!


Nov 22, 2020

was really useful especially for upcoming electrical engineers.highly recommended course

By Ganesh B A

Jul 17, 2020

It is very practical oriented course. Has good practical knowledge.

Teaching is perfect.

By Mandalia K

May 21, 2020

very nice course for anyone who want to come in this field must prefer it.and go for it.

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 G. S D

May 7, 2020

Very good course. Enjoyed thoroughly while learning. Thank you for this amazing course.

By Manula T

Mar 23, 2022

This course helped me a lot to get a good understanding of the basics of solar energy.

By Hitesh N K

Jun 27, 2020

It is great course. It tells you from basic level to advance level about solar system.

By Anekar P G

Jun 3, 2020

Truly knowledgeable course. The last assignment i.e. Capstone Project is worth taking.


May 28, 2020

Good and excellent course it is out of which i learn in this, thank you very much sir

By Shivam P

Feb 1, 2022

The course was very well structured and I learned so many new things in this course.

By paul p

Nov 23, 2020

a very good introduction, with a very useful exercise of designing a basic PV system

By Sachin W T

May 22, 2020

Very good course of solar gives very important knowledge of solar system

By Deepak S R

Aug 18, 2021

It was really a good course which shows how the the PV system in real world works

By Samuel M

Sep 20, 2020

This course has been very helpful for me to advance my career, thank you coursera

By Carlos A G C

Jul 27, 2020

Nice course, learnt a lot on installation, design, market and others. Recommended

By Tal S

Jan 23, 2022

How to approach system design. What should be required from the systems designer

By Ahmed r

Jun 1, 2020

This Course gives the basic Solar Knowledge in a simple way and more practice .

By Ramon C

Nov 9, 2021

​i was a great course with the great teacher and alern a lot how to save energy


Oct 26, 2021

a​n informative course that help you to improve your knowledge in solar system

By Dipta Y

Jul 24, 2021

This course provides basic principle of PV explanation and very understandable

By Teresa F

Mar 19, 2021

So enjoyed this and very informative ...I'm being asked for my advice already!


Jul 27, 2020

This a good course for basic knowledge of solar energy and solar panel working

By Sagar M (

Jul 23, 2020

Awesome course to increase your knowledge and skills about solar energy basics