Course

PV101 SOLAR FUNDAMENTALS

COURSE SCENARIO: You are a newly hired Customer Care Associate for a small solar design and installation company. You will be responsible for guiding the customer through the sales, installation, and post-installation process. During your first month, you will deal with clients at all stages of the sales and installation process, and you will have have to learn on the job. Your day 1 of learning starts now.

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14 Units

COURSE INTRODUCTION:

In this course, you will be introduced to the concepts of solar energy and insulation.


IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL WATCH VIDEOS, READ ARTICLES, AND REVIEW PRESENTATIONS ON SOLAR ENERGY AND INSULATION. ALSO, YOU WILL TAKE NOTES ON THE MATERIAL, COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS, ANSWER RESEARCH QUESTIONS, PARTICIPATE IN A GROUP DISCUSSION FORUM, COMPLETE A QUIZZES, AND CREATE VIDEOS ON THE MATERIAL.


COURSE INFORMATION

  • SKILLS PRACTICED: Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Research, Note-Taking, Reflection, Critical Thinking, Video production, Mathematical Reasoning, Customer Service, Training, Scientific Inquiry Skills,
    Technology Skills, Mathematical Reasoning Skills
  • SUBJECTS COVERED: PV101 – SOLAR FUNDAMENTALS
  • POTENTIAL SUCCESS HABITS DEVELOPED: Time Management and Organization, Striving for Accuracy, Gathering Data Through All Senses/Capacity to Research, Active Memorization and Recall, Questioning and Posing Problems, Listening with Understanding and Empathy, Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision, Providing and Seeking Mentorship, Applying Past Knowledge toNew Situations
  • COURSE DURATION: 60 Hours
  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS: You will need to have access to Google Drive to access the project and assignments
  • COURSE PARTICIPATION: Learners can participate in this course individually or as a group. 

COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

IN THIS COURSE, YOU WILL:

  • Understand the concepts of solar energy and insulation

COURSE – INSTRUCTIONS:

You have multiple steps and resources to review and complete in this course. We recommend that you complete one step at a time. Do not rush your learning or to complete the assignment. Some of the information in the learning materials are new, and some of it is repetitious. The learning materials have been chosen to provide you different viewpoints on the same topics. We believe repetition brings mastery but feel free to skip if need be.


CLICK THE SECTIONS BELOW TO BEGIN THIS COURSE:

Unit 1: Explain the difference between DC and AC electricity

Unit 2: Calculate electrical values (Volts, Amps, Watts, kWh) using Ohm’s Law

Unit 3: Interpret charges on an electrical utility bill

Unit 4: Recommend energy efficiency strategies (practices and products)

Unit 5: Define photovoltaic (PV) technology and explain how it works

Unit 6: Explain how PV cells are made and tested

Unit 7: Compare and contrast PV system types (grid-tied, stand-alone, multimode)

Unit 8: Describe the best applications for (and limitations of) each system type

Unit 9: Identify necessary components for each PV system type

Unit 10: Define the solar window and evaluate the solar resource for a given site

Unit 11: Identify mounting options for PV systems

Unit 12: Perform basic PV system sizing for a given site

Unit 13: Estimate typical PV system costs for a given site

Unit 14: Research financial incentives for PV