About this Specialization

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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.
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English
Subtitles: English
Shareable Certificate
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100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Solar Energy Systems Overview

4.8
stars
103 ratings
29 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Solar Energy and Electrical System Design

4.8
stars
49 ratings
13 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Solar Energy Codes, Permitting and Zoning

4.7
stars
15 ratings
5 reviews

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion varies based on your schedule, but learners can expect to complete the specialization within 3 months.

  • We recommend at least a high school education and interest in a career in the energy industry. A background in technical areas is helpful, especially for courses 2 and 3, as are fundamental math skills.

  • We strongly urge you take the Solar Energy Systems Overview course first. The others may be taken in any order desired.

  • No.

  • Upon completing the specialization, learners are prepared to:

    • Recognize the elements of a well-designed PV system
    • Describe types of PV systems
    • Analyze PV system and project requirements
    • Identify national, state, and local requirements for solar PV systems

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