In this non-credit, self-paced online course, students will explore the basics of solar energy and solar electric systems for homes, farms, and businesses.
After course completion, students will be able to: Understand the basics of electricity, Discuss solar energy and sun movement, Understand how solar cells work, Identify types of photovoltaic (PV) modules, Identify types of solar electric systems, Assess electrical demand in new and existing buildings, Determine the solar resource, Optimize the performance of a solar electric system, Explain mounting options, Identify key system components, Determine economics of PV systems, Discuss net metering, Understand financial incentives.
This is a SELF-PACED, Online course of self-study. Enrolled students have 6 months to complete the course. Final exam of 80% or greater is required for credit towards the Professional Certificate. This course is not guided by an instructor, and no student interaction is available.
INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR ELECTRICITY
10 contact hours
(Please note: Early bird and Faculty/Staff discounts are not available for this course.)
Required Text: Power from the Sun:Achieving Energy Independence by Dan Chiras. Publisher: Mother Earth News ISBN: 978-0-86571-621-6