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Fundamentals: Solar PV

by Michael Simons • Last updated 02/2021

4.6/5 (view ratings)
1088 students
1 module
1:12 hours
4 assignments

Course description

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) is the technology that absorbs and converts sunlight into electricity through solar panels. It has become increasingly popular as the technology advances and its costs decrease.

This course will provide an overview of Solar PV mechanics and capacity. It will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of installation and control.


Participants will:
- Learn more about how clean energy solutions improve home performance and customer satisfaction
- Become familiar with how Solar PV works
- Understand the importance of onsite Solar PV in transforming our grid and providing a sustainable home
- Become familiar with the economic risks and benefits of Solar PV

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Fundamentals: Solar PV

  • Solar PV 101 (1:12 hours) (01:12:04 hours)
  • Additional Resources


Michael Simons

Training & Development Manager, Abode Energy Management

In leading Abode’s training and development programs, Mike seeks to help people find joy in their work as they employ sound building science concepts that enhance customer experience. Having helped multiple home performance contractors grow strong through training thoughtful building analysts. Mike is focused on getting people to think the right way away about the... Learn more


334 reviews

1,088 students have taken this course

by Jazan A 02/22/2022

by Mahdi Al Shamimi 01/02/2023

First, I would like to thank the heatspring that provided this course for free, and I am thankful to the instructor. And my recommendation for anyone who is interested in PV is to join Heatspring to attend this course. Thanks a lot

by Colby Morgan 12/21/2022

Very good video, recommend watching if you are new to the solar industry/looking to buy.

by Jessie Morgan 11/03/2022

I appreciate these free videos as a new hire at ReVision Energy's South Porland, Maine branch.

by William Nemitz, Owner, Nemtech, LLC 10/16/2022

I appreciate the informational topics presented in a clear, concise manner here.

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How does this course work?

This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.

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Is there a certificate of completion?

Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.

Can I register multiple people?

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