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Completing Solar Energy Basics course, and some basic spreadsheet skills would be helpful as some datasets are in a comma separated text files.

Approx. 15 hours to complete
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Completing Solar Energy Basics course, and some basic spreadsheet skills would be helpful as some datasets are in a comma separated text files.

Approx. 15 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Following solar energy from source to panel

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
8 videos
The Sun and the Solar Spectrum7m
The Sun-Earth Relationship7m
The Sun and Atmosphere11m
Solar Irradiance4m
Finding Solar Insolation5m
Using Insolation Data5m
Insolation to PV Energy4m
1 reading
Getting insolation data from NREL20m
4 practice exercises
Solar energy16m
Sun-atmosphere interactions12m
Variation in insolation14m
Solar energy from source to panel34m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

PV module and array circuits

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 29 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
5 videos
The PV Circuit3m
Measuring power in a PV circuit7m
PV and Electrical Interactions- Efficiencies from cell to array6m
Electrical characteristics in PV arrays- Variations in productivity6m
1 reading
Bypass diodes vs. blocking diodes10m
3 practice exercises
Circuitry Basics24m
PV modules and array circuits24m
Photovoltaic module and array electrical characteristics36m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

PV sizing and output under different conditions

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 38 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Orientation and Tilt6m
Temperature Dependent Output7m
Temperature Dependent Output as a Percent3m
Measuring Shading at a Site6m
Analyzing Shading and Calculating Insolation5m
PV Output Reduction Due to Shading2m
2 readings
Finding critical temperature data5m
Tools for Measuring Shading20m
6 practice exercises
Module and array conditions10m
PV Watts Practice22m
Temperature dependent output10m
Shading Practice22m
Shading calculations using PV Watts14m
PV Sizing and output under different conditions40m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Grid-tie PV System design under real world conditions

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Residential Site Survey6m
Array Sizing and Module Selection7m
Inverter Sizing and Selection7m
String sizing for the inverter6m
2 readings
Site checklists and Unified Solar Permits1h
Putting it all together to design a photovoltaic system10m
4 practice exercises
Site surveys and permits16m
Module and inverter selection quiz20m
Grid tied design Quiz36m
Putting it all together20m

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