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Solar (PV) BS Degree

The 4-year degree in Solar Energy (Photovoltaics) provides students with comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in the design, installation, and maintenance of residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar energy systems. This program covers various aspects of photovoltaic technology, including panel technology, inverter technologies, and installation methods. Additionally, the program delves into advanced topics such as energy storage, solar-integrated EV charging, and community solar.

The course is structured into 8 semesters, with 2 semesters in each academic year. Each semester consists of a combination of theoretical and practical components, providing students with a well-rounded education in the field of solar energy.

Semester 1 & 2: Introduction to Solar Energy

  • Introduction to renewable energy

  • Fundamentals of photovoltaic technology

  • Solar panel technologies and their characteristics

Semester 3 & 4: Inverter Technologies and Installation Methods

  • Types of inverters and their applications

  • Installation methods for residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar energy systems

  • Safety considerations during installation

Semester 5 & 6: Energy Storage and Solar Integrated EV Charging

  • Types of energy storage systems and their applications

  • Solar-integrated EV charging concepts

  • Integration of energy storage and EV charging into solar energy systems

Semester 7 & 8: Community Solar and Utility-Scale Solar Energy Systems

  • Community solar concepts and its applications

  • Design and installation of utility-scale solar energy systems

  • Regulatory requirements and incentives for utility-scale solar energy projects

This program provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become proficient solar energy professionals, capable of designing, installing, and maintaining efficient and cost-effective solar energy systems. The program emphasizes hands-on learning opportunities, providing students with the opportunity to work on real-world projects and gain practical experience in the field.

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Example Outline

Year 1: Semester 1:

  • Introduction to Renewable Energy

  • Solar Radiation & Photovoltaics

  • Energy Conversion & Photovoltaic Devices

  • Introduction to Solar Energy Systems

Semester 2:

  • Solar Energy System Design & Sizing

  • Electrical Fundamentals for Solar Energy Systems

  • Solar Energy System Components & Safety

  • Solar Energy System Installations

Year 2: Semester 1:

  • Solar Energy System Economics

  • Solar Energy System Performance & Monitoring

  • Solar Energy System Maintenance & Troubleshooting

  • Solar Energy System Regulations & Standards

Semester 2:

  • Residential Solar Energy Systems

  • Commercial Solar Energy Systems

  • Utility Scale Solar Energy Systems

  • Community Solar Energy Systems

Year 3: Semester 1:

  • Energy Storage Systems

  • Solar Energy System Integration with the Grid

  • Solar Energy System Interconnection & Net-metering

  • Solar Energy System Project Management

Semester 2:

  • Solar Energy System Financing & Incentives

  • Solar Energy System Marketing & Sales

  • Solar Energy System Policy & Environmental Impacts

  • Solar Energy System Research & Development

Year 4: Semester 1:

  • Solar Energy System Engineering & Design

  • Solar Energy System Structural Engineering

  • Solar Energy System Electrical Engineering

  • Solar Energy System Civil Engineering

Semester 2:

  • Solar Energy System Project Management & Execution

  • Solar Energy System Operation & Maintenance

  • Solar Energy System Optimization & Yield Correction

  • Solar Energy Integrated EV Charging Concepts

This is a rough outline of a 4-year degree in Solar Energy (Photovoltaics) that could cover residential, commercial, utility-scale, and community solar energy systems, as well as various forms of energy storage and solar integrated EV charging concepts. The curriculum could be tailored to the specific needs and goals of the program.

For Educational Use Only - We do not issue degrees.

Example Syllabus

4-Year Degree in Solar Energy (Photovoltaics) Syllabus

Year 1: Semester 1:

  • Introduction to Solar Energy: History, Theory, and Applications

  • Solar Energy Fundamentals: Solar Radiation, Solar Cells, and Energy Conversion

  • Solar Energy Systems I: Residential Systems

  • Solar Energy Systems II: Commercial Systems

Semester 2:

  • Energy Efficiency and Building Science

  • Electrical Fundamentals for Solar Energy Systems

  • Solar Energy Systems III: Grid-Connected Systems

  • Solar Energy Systems IV: Off-Grid Systems

Year 2: Semester 1:

  • Solar Energy Components: Solar Panels, Inverters, Batteries, and Charge Controllers

  • Solar Energy System Design and Analysis

  • Solar Energy Installation and Maintenance

  • Solar Energy Codes and Standards

Semester 2:

  • Energy Storage Systems

  • Microgrids and Community Solar

  • Solar Energy Project Management

  • Renewable Energy Policy and Incentives

Year 3: Semester 1:

  • Solar Energy Integration with Electric Vehicles

  • Solar Energy and the Grid: Interconnection, Net Metering, and Grid Services

  • Solar Energy System Performance Monitoring and Optimization

  • Solar Energy System Safety and Maintenance

Semester 2:

  • Utility-Scale Solar Energy Systems

  • Solar Energy Financing and Economics

  • Solar Energy and the Built Environment: Building Integrated Photovoltaics

  • Solar Energy and Energy Management

Year 4: Semester 1:

  • Solar Energy Project Development: Site Assessment, Feasibility, and Proforma Analysis

  • Solar Energy and the Environment: Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Impact

  • Solar Energy and Energy Policy

  • Solar Energy and Energy Access: Rural Electrification and Developing Countries

Semester 2:

  • Solar Energy and Energy Innovation: Emerging Technologies and Applications

  • Solar Energy and Energy Security: Strategic Energy Planning and Resilience

  • Solar Energy Capstone Project

  • Solar Energy Career Preparation: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interview Skills.

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