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About the Course

By the end of this course, learners will have acquired a broad understanding of the history and mechanics behind converting light into electricity, commonly known as photovoltaics (PV). They are empowered to recognize and describe elements of a PV system, enabling them to: compare the most common types of solar cells, sketch a solar PV system, and analyze differences between rooftop and ground mounting configurations. The course explores economic considerations, touching on solar PV costs for residential and commercial use, incentives, and contrasts solar power with fossil fuel and nuclear plants. This course is ideal for anyone interested in entering the solar power sector, whether fresh to the workforce or switching industries. The curriculum is especially useful for engineers, HVAC installers, architects, and building code inspectors. Material includes online lectures, videos, demos, project work, readings and discussions. This is the first course in the Solar PV for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors specialization. To learn more about the specialization, check out a video overview at

Top reviews


Mar 18, 2021

I would like to give lots of thanks to the instructor as she explains everything clearly in details. Really, I get such superb knowledge which I cannot get from online books or posts. Thanks!!!


Apr 22, 2021

The last quiz was too difficult. it took my time more than 1 hour . I have totally got swept .It's awesome course not only by learning materials but also difficulties. Salute the course writer.

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By Bruce G

Sep 13, 2022

Excellent course for anyone interested in learning the basics of solar generation and thought process into deciding to go solar.

By Kolawole E O

Oct 6, 2020

This course allows one's exposure into solar energy systems and operation in practice and theoretical knowledge.

Thanks so much!

By Luis B

Nov 3, 2021

The course was excellent and very inspiring .. Thank you very much and I will continue with the following courses

By Chidchon S

Jul 9, 2021

I like the way how she taught. It was really overview of Solar energy system by professional.

Thanks for knowledge

By Daniel D B

Mar 16, 2021

Excellent course. To the point. Enjoyed presenter experience.

Course can benefit from more real installations videos

By Cristian D B R

Aug 19, 2020

It gives a general notion about what solar system is. Really useful to begin in the knowledge of this technology.

By Juan E C N

Jul 24, 2020

Was a good way to understand what new kind of PV Solar Systems are now aviable for houseowners and enterprises.

By Ali A

Sep 18, 2020

I loved this course with not only theoretical but also practical content offered by an experienced instructor.

By Hammad A

Sep 23, 2020

It was very good content but the pace and tone of speaking was quite fast. The score of learning is 100/100.

By Rishit P

Apr 6, 2022

The course is prectly balanced for the student to get the perfect overview of solar system and industry.

By Iaron D B T O

Aug 20, 2020

Very descriptive course, builds a strong foundation if you are going to get deeper into solar systems.

By Ben S

Feb 2, 2022

This course instructor was great. explained everything very well. Thanks and on to your next class!!

By Kristina L

Aug 6, 2020

Great professor and the information was really easy to follow as a engineer with a civil background!


Apr 6, 2021

She is explaining things in a very easy and understandable way, so you will not go wrong with it.

By Bruno J E H S

Oct 29, 2020

Really good introduction to the solar energy world, already thinking in applying it on my house.

By Regaib F K

Nov 5, 2020

An introduction to

Solar cells,Grid systems,Economics of solar panels and many information.

By Rusiru R

Feb 22, 2021

The course is really nice and concise by providing good knowledge of the PV solar panels.

By Altaf H

Apr 11, 2022

I learned alot in this course and it will help me alot in my career.

Thankyou Coursera

By Avima H

Aug 2, 2020

I interest about the material. It's so interesting and can be applied in real life.

By Hasnain A

Aug 2, 2020

This is an amazing course for beginners, who wants to deep dive into photovoltaics.

By Jerllinne S H A

Jan 16, 2021

the class are so good , and also the pdf and web pages have good information.

By Taniya M

Sep 13, 2020

The course provides you with all the basics needed to understand PV systems.

By Jonnathan L

Aug 25, 2020

Excellent course with concepts and practices related to photovoltaic systems

By Hervin H C Q

Aug 15, 2020

Excelente curso introductorio sienta las bases para un diseño mas profundo.


Jul 29, 2021

The course was well structured, articulated and professionally delivered