About this course

Why is everyone talking about solar-plus-storage as a business opportunity? Expert instructors Chris LaForge and Chris Brown discuss the importance of solar-plus-storage, why it makes sense as a business case and why it is needed NOW.

In this short free course the two instructors break down what drivers are pushing forward the demand for storage technology, why solar-plus-storage has been growing so rapidly and why the growth is still just getting started.

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Course outline

1 module • 4 assignments • 19 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 2 assignments
Why Solar + Storage

  • Why Solar + Storage? (11:52 minutes)
  • Why Solar+Storage NOW? (07:23 minutes)


  • Christopher LaForge

    Certified Master Trainer (IREC), NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Professional - Emeritus , Great Northern Solar
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    Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer-emeritus. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988. He has been an instructor with the MREA since 1993 teaching Advanced Photovoltaic design and installation and is an ISPQ Affiliated Master Trainer. In 2016 he was named IREC's Master Trainer... Learn more

  • Chris Brown

    Owner, Solamp Inc.
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    Chris Brown is passionate about the renewable energy and enthusiastic about sustainable solutions through technology and innovation. After completing his undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts, Chris entered technical sales of renewable energy products 2006 with a focus on off grid renewable energy projects around the world. Several years later,... Learn more

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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?
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Based on 35 reviews
students have taken this course

It is 2024, and battery storage is everywhere in every project. Not only together with solar but also hybrids (Diesel or Gas). It is nice in compile in only two sessions how we get here and why we have to keep going.

Fidias Marmol
Origination Director , Yottek Energy

This free online course is very informative. You will learn a lot.

Alfredo Palattao

The emerging future of Energy Efficiency is Solar + Storage. The technology now of Battery Energy Storage System is not DC-coupled only but also AC-coupled .You add more energy to your system during the time your solar energy system is harvesting power.

Virgilio Luzares
CEO, Luzares Solar

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