Solar Energy Basics enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for solar energy. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of the scientific, technological, and business aspects of solar power, participants will also learn techniques for the integration of solar energy and existing non-renewable resources.

This course is part of a 5-course series:  Certificate in Renewable Energy.  The goal of the series of courses, and the Renewable Energy program is to equip earth scientists with knowledge to enable them to take the lead in integrated energy projects and programs.  An earth scientist’s unique training and understanding of the big picture — the global picture — provides unmatched abilities to design, oversee, and promote integrated energy solutions which require bringing together fossil energy, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, and others.

Course Outcomes: By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Define key aspects of the growing solar industry, including different locations and scales of production.
  • Describe the current use of solar energy.
  • Identify and list past and current incentives for using and producing solar energy.
  • Recognize companies developing and investing in solar energy, as well as estimate the business benefits of such investments.
  • Identify the scientific fundamentals of the exploration, development, and distribution of solar power.
  • Describe the scientific, technological, and business components of solar energy, e.g., photovoltaic and concentrated solar power panel manufacturing, commercial and home installation, maintenance, purchasing, and distribution.
  • Cite current applications of solar power in the energy industry.
  • Discuss and analyze case studies involving the integration of solar power and non-renewable sources of energy.
  • Devise methods for the integration of solar power in order to anticipate future changes in the energy market.

Core Text Suggestions:

Bradford, Travis. The Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2008.

Green, M.A. Third Generation Photovoltaics: Advanced Solar Energy Conversion. New York: Springer Publishing, 2007.

Solar Energy International. Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual. Gabriola Island, Canada: New Society Publishing, 2004.

Wizelius, Tore. Developing Solar Power Projects: Theory and Practice. London: Earthscan Publications Limited, 2007.

This course is offered at the beginning of every month. You may sign up for it at any time, and your course will begin the first day of the upcoming month. There is a discount of $100 off this course if you sign up for all 5 courses in the AAPG Renewable Energy Certificate Course Program. Register Now!

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