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This Solar Energy Basics offered by Coursera in partnership with The State University of New York gives you an introduction to the fundamentals of solar power as it applies to solar panel system installations.
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Overview

You will learn to compare solar energy to other energy resources and explain how solar panels, or photovoltaics (PV for short), convert sunlight to electricity.  You will be able to identify the key components needed in a basic photovoltaic (solar panel) system, such as is found on a house or building, and explain the function of each component in the system. You will also learn how to calculate the electrical demand of a building, how to reduce the overall demand, and then how to design a solar panel system that can meet that annual demand at a given location. 

You will also compare the different types of pricing models that are being used and key regulatory considerations for grid tied systems (where a house or building is connected to the electrical grid and also generates electricity from solar panels). A capstone design project that entails both the simple audit of a building to determine demand, and a selection of components to design a solar panel system to meet that demand. 

The programme

This Solar Energy Basics offered by Coursera in partnership with The State University of New York is part of the Solar Power Installation Specialization. It provides a good overview of system components and functions, but uses some simplified assumptions. The other two topical courses in this specialization entail a more advanced coverage of site assessment, factors impacting efficiency, and the sizing, design, and integration of photovoltaic systems. The specialization concludes with a capstone project course of a full site evaluation, photovoltaic system design, and installation plan.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description
      • Approx. 19 hours to complete
      • Suggested: This course is estimated to take about 5 weeks with around 2.5 hours of work per week.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to solar power systems
  • Determining energy needs and sizing a PV system
  • The growth of photovoltaic markets
  • Infrastructure of Photovoltaics
  • Basics of Solar Power Capstone

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English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Beginner Level

  • Some calculations are required when planning for solar power, so you'll want to be comfortable with basic math operations (+,-,x,/) and percentages.

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