Knowledge Brings Confidence

Learn everything you need to know about designing and installing solar electric systems in readily available, structured and organized information. Learn at your pace and TAKE THE MYSTERY OUT OF SOLAR POWER, take an important step in the right direction by taking advantage of this readily available readable, easy to understand information. Now, with the information offered in this E-Book, you will be able to move forward and take advantage of this clean, free, and renewable source of electrical power.

The E-Book takes you through the learning process step-by-step, starting with an overview of solar power and continues on with one of the most important things involved when living with an alternative energy system, i.e., energy conservation. You’ll learn about the various components of a solar electric system – batteries, inverters, charge controllers, solar panels, etc. and how they connect to and interact with each other to form a complete solar electric system. It will give you the knowledge to go about the installation and/or maintenance of your own solar powered system with a feeling of confidence and self-reliance.

It explains solar power in language that the average person will have no trouble understanding and putting to good use. If you want to introduce alternative power supplies around the house and garden or even live totally off-grid you need a practical introduction to solar power here is the essential eBook guide to the subject

Learn Step By Step How To Design

And Install Solar Electricity


Course Description

This photovoltaic training program is a comprehensive distance learning course that will show you how to design, install and evaluate residential and commercial photovoltaic systems.
Learn from the comfort of your own home and study when it’s convenient for you – there are no time limits. This certificate course includes instructor support, textbook, study guide and online exams.  Everything you need to graduate is sent to your home and you finish with a Certificate of Completion in Photovoltaic Fundamentals.
What you will learn
Numerous illustrations explain the concepts behind how PV arrays and other components operate, and photographs of actual installations show how components are integrated together to form complete systems.
Learn how to effectively incorporate PV systems into stand-alone or interconnected electrical systems. Then move on to PV system advantages and disadvantages, site evaluation, component operation, system design and sizing, and installation requirements and recommended practices.
This course addresses the PV topics included in the NABCEP Entry Level Program.




  • Energy 
    • Some definitions
    • Human and world energy consumption
    • Methods of Energy Conversion


  • Status and prospects of PV technology 


  • The Working Principle of a Solar Cell 

   PV Fundamentals                                                                                                                                   

  • Electrodynamic basics 
    • The electromagnetic theory
    • Electromagnetic waves


  • Optics of flat interfaces
  • Optics in absorptive media
  • Continuity and Poisson equations
  • Solar Radiation 
    • The Sun
    • Radiometric properties
    • Blackbody radiation
    • Wave-particle duality
    • Solar spectra
  • Basic Semiconductor Physics 
    • Introduction
    • Atomic structure
    • Doping
    • Carrier concentrations
    • Transport properties
  • Generation and Recombination of Electron-Hole Pairs 
    • Introduction
    • Bandgap-to-bandgap processes
    • Shockley-Read-Hall Recombination
    • Auger Recombination
    • Carrier concentration in non-equilibrium
  • Semiconductor Junctions
    • p-n homojunctions
    • p-n heterojunctions
    • Metal-semiconductor junctions
  • Solar Cell Parameters and Equivalent Circuit 
    • External solar cell parameters
    • The external quantum efficiency
    • The equivalent circuit
  • Losses and Efficiency Limits 
    • The thermodynamic limit
    • The Shockley-Queisser Limit
    • Other Losses
    • Design Rules for Solar Cells


  • A Little History of Solar Cells


  • Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells
    • Crystalline silicon
    • Production of silicon wafers
    • Fabricating solar cells
    • High-efficiency concepts
  • Thin-film solar cells 
    • Transparent conducting oxides
    • The III-V PV technology
    • Thin-film silicon technology
    • Chalcogenide solar cells
    • Organic Photovoltaics
    • Hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells
  • Third Generation Concepts 
    • Multi-junction solar cells
    • Spectral conversion
    • Multi-exciton generation
    • Intermediate band solar cells
    • Hot carrier solar cells


  • Introduction to PV systems 
    • Introduction
    • Types of PV systems
    • Components of a PV system
  • Location issues
    • The position of the sun
    • The sun path at different locations
    • The equation of time
    • Irradiance on a PV module
    • Direct and diffuse irradiance
    • Shadowing
  • Components of PV Systems
    • PV modules
    • Maximum power point tracking
    • Photovoltaic Converters
    • Batteries
    • Cables
  • PV System Design 
    • A simple approach for designing off-grid systems
    • Load profiles
    • Meteorological effects
    • Designing grid-connected PV-system
    • Designing off-grid PV systems
  • PV System Economics and Ecology 
    • PV System Economy
    • PV System Ecology

V   Alternative Methods of Solar Energy Utilization                                                         

  • Solar Thermal Energy 
    • Solar thermal basics
    • Solar thermal heating
    • Concentrated solar power (CSP)
  • Solar fuels 
    • Electrolysis of water
    • Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting

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