Solar Power 101- Self Study
- Learn about the solar market in the United States
- Understand how solar technology works
- Discover how solar power systems are created, financed, developed, and maintained over their 20- to 30-year lifetime
- Learn the nuances of the different solar markets: behind-the-meter applications including residential, commercial, and industrial projects to multi-megawatt utility-scale projects
- Analyze about the emerging market for energy storage technology and microgrids and how these innovations are changing the energy landscape
Length: 4 modules
About the Instructor
Scott Sklar runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, The Stella Group, Ltd, which he founded in 1995 and came on full time to lead in 1999. The firm facilitates clean distributed energy projects for commercial, industrial, and military applications.
Self-Paced Online Course
This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials on your own pace.
Access Information and Build Your Training Library
After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.
Earn a Certificate of Completion
When you complete this course, you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. Also, you can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Self Report with Certificate: 12 AIA LU Credits
“Scott Sklar is a walking encyclopedia of American renewable energy.” – Amory Lovins, Co-Founder, Rocky Mountain Institute
Welcome – Orientation Materials
This is a self-study on demand course. Since the course is self-paced, you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.
Module 1 – Introduction to Solar and Renewable Energy and Regulatory Considerations
In the first week you will begin with basic information on solar technology, resources, and studies on renewable energy and solar energy, an overview of energy markets, federal, state, and local government energy policies and programs.
Module 2 – Introduction to Solar Engineering
In the second week, topics include: An introduction to solar technology, photovoltaics, hybrid systems, net metering, and energy storage.
Module 3 – Photovoltaic System Issues and Introduction to Solar Finance
Topics for this week include: Power purchase agreements (PPAs), leasing, lending, the state of the art, environmental drivers, the Clean Air Act, climate change, and funds.
Module 4 – Storage, Interconnection, and Microgrids
Topics for this week include: Codes and standards (UL, NABCEP, SRCC), local permitting studies, house value studies, remote diagnostics, quick deploy systems, modular and inter-operable systems, aesthetics, and blending with high-value energy efficiency and other renewables.
After the Course – Feedback and Additional Resources
No matter how great this course is, we know it’s just one part of a bigger journey. In this last module, we’ll start thinking about what comes next. Finally, you’ll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don’t forget that you’ll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.