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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


Oct 4, 2020

Aprendi mucho en este curso. Los videos explicativos del profesor hacen que todo sea de facil entendimiento. El conocimiento adquirido he podido aplicarlo en mi actual area de trabajo. Muy recomendado


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

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By Alejandro X T M

Aug 4, 2020

Very good course.. It explains all the basics about solar energy.

By Abhishek K S

Jun 24, 2020

Great course, great instructor. Thank you SUNY Online & Coursera!

By Dhia E M

Oct 22, 2021

Very good course and explanations, i learned a lot !! thank you

By Kamlesh P

Sep 1, 2021

Very informative and excellent course for students and faculties

By chris p

Jan 12, 2021

A great learning experience for beginners from any field of work

By Edward S M

Aug 5, 2020

Very informative course. Indeed enjoyed the learning experience.

By Oscar E B O

Apr 6, 2022

Excelente como introducción a sistemas de energía fotovoltaicos

By Ishan K

Jun 15, 2020

It is a well designed course. I learnt various things about PV.


Jun 5, 2020

A great course to start with for having a career in renewables.

By Dr. S A V V

Apr 29, 2020

I got the basics of Solar Energy. Course outcomes are attained.


Oct 31, 2020

A great course for the beginners to start with in this field!!

By Attilio P

Jun 11, 2020

Very complete and clear. I learn a lot of new things in a day!

By Cherukuneedi P

May 25, 2020


By Muhammad A

Dec 27, 2020

Very nice course for beginner, keen to take next course soon.

By kollipara s r k m

Jul 27, 2020



Jun 10, 2020

It is very good platform to learn and develop your knowledge.

By Krishna T M

May 17, 2020

knowledge which i have gained is wonderful and very helpful.

By Shikhar T

Aug 30, 2020

A nicely constructed course by the instructors...great job.

By John L

Aug 10, 2020

Thought the course was very useful. Thankyou for producing

By Deleted A

Apr 5, 2020

This course helped me gain more insights about solar energy

By Azeddine I

Mar 2, 2020

It's an amazing course thank you so much .It's very helpful

By mohammed a

Sep 8, 2021

One of the best courses I see in coursera..

Thank Dr.Daniel

By Yasser M

Dec 4, 2020

Good capsule to start your career in solar systems design.

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