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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)
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level
Approx. 9 hours to complete
English

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University at Buffalo

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The State University of New York

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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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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