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Approx. 9 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • Differentiate the value of solar energy versus alternatives

  • Explain how PV works in technical and economic terms, and identify its components

  • Estimate solar system costs

Skills you will gain

Clean energyPV system operationSolar economicsPhotovoltaics (PV)
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100% online
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Beginner Level
Approx. 9 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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The State University of New York

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 minutes to complete

Acknowledgement

2 minutes to complete
1 reading
1 reading
Acknowledgements2m
3 hours to complete

Solar Power

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 21 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
The Value of Solar Energy8m
Solar Cells- Origins and Proliferation3m
Clean Energy Incentives3m
5 readings
Solar History Timeline10m
Solar and Wind Energy Maps (Optional)30m
Climate Change (Optional)10m
How Solar Cells Work (Optional)10m
Solar Incentives, Rebates, and Tax Credits (Optional)20m
2 practice exercises
Solar Power Self-Check15m
Solar Power Graded Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

The Nature of PV

3 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 24 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
13 videos
Solar Electric System Anatomy2m
Hands-on Demo: Solar Panel (Front) 42s
Hands-on Demo: Solar Panel (Back)1m
PV System Components7m
Hands-on Demo: Microinverters1m
Hands-on Demo: String Inverters28s
Hands-on Demo: Inverter Attachments40s
Rooftop Systems1m
Hands-on Demo: Rooftop Attachments- Flashing1m
Hands-on Demo: Rooftop Attachments- Rails48s
Hands-on Demo: Rooftop Attachments- Standing Seams40s
Alternatives to Rooftop Systems2m
5 readings
The Photovoltaic Effect (Optional)10m
Grid-tied vs Off-grid PV systems (Optional)30m
Solar Panel Specifications (Optional)10m
Semi-Conductors: Temperature and Resistivity (Recommended)10m
PV System Components (optional)40m
2 practice exercises
The Nature of PV Self-Check15m
The Nature of PV Graded Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Solar Power ROI

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 15 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Solar PV System Costs4m
Calculating ROI3m
Solar Plant Advantages3m
6 readings
Economics of Solar Power (Optional)30m
Calculating System Cost20m
State Incentives for Renewables (Optional)10m
Example ROI Calculation10m
Calculating ROI (Optional)10m
Utility-Scale Solar (Optional)10m
2 practice exercises
Solar Power ROI Self-Check15m
Solar Power ROI Graded Quiz30m
1 hour to complete

PV System Analysis Project: Theory to Practice

1 hour to complete
1 practice exercise
PV System Analysis Project20m

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About the Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors Specialization

This specialization provides an overview of solar photovoltaics (PV), intricacies of solar system design, and a framework for solar PV project management. Targeted for engineers, HVAC installers, architects and building code inspectors, it is also appropriate for anyone considering a career in the growing renewable energy field of solar power. Courses introduce how PV operates and the anatomy of solar electric systems, the economics of solar power, pros and cons of different systems, considerations for designing a PV system, and fundamental code compliance. Materials primarily focus on solar PV in the United States. To learn more, view an overview at https://youtu.be/XjkKzbXqA6s....
Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors

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