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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction

By: Randy S. Wilder, PE

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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction

Those who take this course will learn about the basic solar power system components. They will learn how the components work together to provide power to supply a small structure. They will learn how to size and select the necessary components based on the power demands. They will understand how the power is generated, what is required to store the power for later use, and the power losses that occur within a system.

070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Andrew Conrad
01/19/2019
Verified Buyer
The course is clearly written, and topics are introduced in a very logical order.
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Randy Richardson
01/04/2019
Verified Buyer
The course is not very current in its content. The design instructions rely heavily on selecting components that are offered in the market, but is very weak in helping to determine where to find the correct components. I would have expected, for example, some data on who makes solar panels, and where to get them. The course suggests that a system can be connected to the power grid, but gives no help or references as to how this is done. Not much mention of regulatory requirements and how to work with them. There are a lot of legal requirements to connect to the grid. It would help to have at least references in how to find these requirements and work with them.
This is a five part series of courses because all of the information on your wish-list would not fit into Part I.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Matthew Fritsche
01/04/2019
Verified Buyer
Great course it gives you the basics to start designing a sOmar system.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Michael Woodall
12/29/2018
Verified Buyer
Informative and useful
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Michael Graham
12/28/2018
Verified Buyer
Self-employed
The course provided good technical information for the initial steps in understanding the fundamentals of a PV systems. The test data is also helpful in reviewing what is provided in the technical description of a solar power system.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Jordan Cox
12/28/2018
Verified Buyer
Engineering System Solutions
Informative and detailed.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Kim B Warner
12/28/2018
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Kim B Warner PE PLLC
This was a very informative course and will benefit this engineer on a personal level in the future. Very easy to understand for engineers who have limited electrical training.
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John Davis
12/25/2018
Verified Buyer
Self
Good intro course for solar power
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Lawyer C Jolley
12/01/2018
Verified Buyer
This course is effective in presenting an understanding of Grid-Tie System considerations in design.
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Arturo
11/30/2018
Verified Buyer
Very easy to read and to understand the content.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Benjamin Hogan
11/28/2018
Verified Buyer
This is a very good introductory course on Solar Power. Lots of good information. I am looking forward to completing this series.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Randy Swanson
11/26/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent introductory course.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Sam
11/25/2018
Verified Buyer
Great course. Easy understandable read.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Douglas K. Phillips
11/24/2018
Verified Buyer
Good balance of basics and explanation through examples which were useful for understanding some of the concepts. Kw to most engineers is ent load or useage at a particular point in time, not over a period of time such as a day.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Rod Leback
11/02/2018
Verified Buyer
Good presentation and enjoyable course.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
James Higginbottom
10/10/2018
Verified Buyer
Good entry level course. Written in 2012. Needs to be updated for 2018 prices and advances in technology since 2012.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Lee McCoy
10/09/2018
Verified Buyer
Being an EE, I found the instruction approach a little generic and elementary but I realize it probably was deliberately structured as such for non-Electrical types. Good intro course.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Bryon Cheatham
10/06/2018
Verified Buyer
A good overview for those of us that don't like electricity
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Mike
10/06/2018
Verified Buyer
Great course, very helpful. I believe there is a mathematical error with the "8" batteries though. Date and prices are very helpful, please continue to include, but are very outdated. Thanks for the course.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Brian David Vick
10/03/2018
Verified Buyer
I have worked with and conducted research on solar PV systems for over 2 decades, and I thought this was a very good Intro into solar PV system design.
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C Raymond Church
10/02/2018
Verified Buyer
Very well laid out course. Kudos to Randy Wilder, PE, for an easy-to-follow outline and presentation of the material.
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GERARD ABRAMS
09/16/2018
Verified Buyer
GREAT
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Reginal Keith Carpenter
09/15/2018
Verified Buyer
Very well written course, good examples. An enjoyable course. Thank You
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
James Legerski
09/15/2018
Verified Buyer
Great introductory coarse. Would like to see the same for wind turbines.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Stanley Maass
09/10/2018
Verified Buyer
Very well put together course.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Shane Sanford
09/07/2018
Verified Buyer
Good class to introduce you to solar power systems.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Uday Kirtikar
09/06/2018
Verified Buyer
Well put together and explained
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
David Mathews
09/06/2018
Verified Buyer
Very well organized a comprehensive introduction of design of solar power systems,
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Joe DuBeau
09/06/2018
Verified Buyer
I enjoyed this course
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
James Breeden
09/04/2018
Verified Buyer
Thanks , Well worth the review in many areas and also much information that was new to me.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Carl Carlsson
08/27/2018
Verified Buyer
Very good course. Only criticisms: 1) battery bank sizing section, and related questions should be a little more clear as to how system voltage affects the calcs, and 2) the wiring selection sections, when referencing the tables, instructs to pick the closest distance when it should say to round up.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Brian Hinkle
08/10/2018
Verified Buyer
Good for understanding of solar system design basic fundamentals.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Ben Algee
08/07/2018
Verified Buyer
This course provided the basic information for an introduction to Solar Power. This provided great information for someone to understand how the equipment works together as a system.
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ROBERT PETTY
07/24/2018
Verified Buyer
The objectives were to identify the basics for a solar design and introduce sizing of a solar design to the student. This was very well accomplished.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Eugene Gabrell
07/16/2018
Verified Buyer
I did the whole series I thru V and felt challenged enough (had to stop and think a moment), and left with a good basic understanding of solar PV systems. Got a call the following week about PV systems and was able to talk intelligibly with the client.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
CHARLES LIPSKY
07/09/2018
VERY GOOD COVERAGE OF THE BASICS
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
James Schey
06/22/2018
Verified Buyer
Well rounded introduction into solar photovoltaic system component makeup and design.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Edward Haas
04/30/2018
Verified Buyer
decent! Certainly enough to make me an educated buyer, and reviewer of specifications. Perhaps not exactly a designer, experience does count. But close! gets me to the point of creating a design and spec, subject to an experienced PE's review. Expectations met and somewhat exceeded!
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Carmine
04/20/2018
Verified Buyer
Great course with excellent examples
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Dennis Sarr
01/31/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent course. This is a good introduction to the solar panel system components and their engineering requirements.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Jonathan Mollerup
01/02/2018
Verified Buyer
Material was easily presented, translated and made relevant.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Susan Richardson
12/31/2017
Verified Buyer
A great introduction and guide to solar power systems.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Alick Smith. P.E., R.S.
12/31/2017
Verified Buyer
Great introduction to Solar Power. Wish I had taken this course before we had had Solar Panels installed on our house as what the company explained makes complete sense now. I would have been able to ask more questions when we were discussing and planning for the installation.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
R Alan Kinsey, PE
12/28/2017
Verified Buyer
Basic introduction to solar energy including elementary electrical calculations. Good overall discussion.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
12/28/2017
Verified Buyer
The class was informative and provided a good introduction to Solar Power Design for Small Structures. The instructor was very interesting and presented the course well.
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D Salter
12/28/2017
Verified Buyer
Very good overall review of solar energy in small structures. Makes me want to learn more now!
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Anonymous
12/28/2017
A good solid overview
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Michael Dombrowski
12/27/2017
Verified Buyer
Very good overview of solar power systems. Interesting topic and well presented.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
G W
12/26/2017
Verified Buyer
Good basic course for general over view
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
JWK
12/21/2017
Verified Buyer
Good overview of basic solar system
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Tom
12/21/2017
Verified Buyer
Very good course.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Marcus W
12/19/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent introductory course that was easy to follow and gain the necessary insight.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Abigail Sobczyk
12/15/2017
Verified Buyer
Informative
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Rick
12/12/2017
Verified Buyer
Enjoyed the course. Just moved to a rural location and this information will come in handy. Course is well structured and well thought out.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Robert Bishop
11/28/2017
Verified Buyer
very comprehensive course. I can use this technical information to evaluate our proposed solar project basic design.
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Curtis Price
10/26/2017
Verified Buyer
I felt the information was presented in a logical format with adequate information. The questions were relevant and covered in the materials.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Jon Heath
10/04/2017
Verified Buyer
Good first course in a series, covering the selection and use of all the basic components in a solar power system. Well written in a natural, conversational style, so that the topic became easy to relate to for real world applications.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Jean Paul Vega
09/17/2017
Very good and well summarized material. Covers the essential with the needed details for a quick overview of the Solar systems.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Fred Kazanji
08/14/2017
excellent course for any individual looking for clean environment project with payback
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Craig Brownlee
08/14/2017
Verified Buyer
Enjoyed the course. I'm working on a solar system for my RV and this was very helpful.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Fred Infortunio
08/07/2017
Verified Buyer
Very informative and easy to follow.
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Tom
07/26/2017
Verified Buyer
Good overview. Easy to understand and follow.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Ace Sarich
07/12/2017
Verified Buyer
Course was useful and informative and useful; but the wording of some of the test questions was confusing. So be careful when reading the questions.
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OLLIE FRAZIER
07/08/2017
Verified Buyer
very informative and professional
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Edgar Levy
05/26/2017
Verified Buyer
nice introduction, covers basic concepts in a straight-forward manner
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Thomas Langley
05/20/2017
Verified Buyer
Really enjoyed this course. It is well written and easy to follow. Course had information I wanted and provided the basics I needed for a solar system. This course was excellent.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Ron Wynne
04/20/2017
Verified Buyer
Good course info and well presented
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Michael Wahba
04/18/2017
Verified Buyer
A very good introduction to solar power systems.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Michael Hall
04/16/2017
Verified Buyer
Enjoyed the course. The test questions complemented the reading material.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Jim
03/26/2017
Verified Buyer
Good straightforward introduction
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Manuel J. Rodriguez
03/24/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent!! One of the best courses I have taken on line.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Erewi Everett
03/04/2017
Verified Buyer
Course was excellent. It was a good introduction to what was required for and how a simple SOLAR POWER sytem worked.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Pat Sheehan
02/25/2017
Verified Buyer
Very good introduction to Solar Power Design. Test covered content very well.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
George L Cajigal
02/24/2017
Course met my expectations. Having been involved in projects requiring integrated systems of solar-generator-on-grid systems it gave an excellent introduction. Having owned for many years a cruising boat with similar system, it was a good overview of the different components and how they interact.
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Charles McDuff
02/19/2017
Verified Buyer
Well written and beautifully illustrated. Thank you very much.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Leopoldo D Leon
02/11/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent course. A great refresher of the basics.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
John Kang
02/10/2017
Verified Buyer
Great course. I learned a lot of good practical information. Fun stuff.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Larry Stapley
01/25/2017
Verified Buyer
The course was basic but a good starter course for the basics in Solar Power. Looking forward to the next test.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
01/10/2017
Verified Buyer
Clear concise intro into Solar systems
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Karl Haack
01/06/2017
Verified Buyer
Nice quick summary.
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Leo R. Zieman
01/06/2017
Verified Buyer
Well done! The course content was explained clearly and concisely.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Victor Delgado
01/05/2017
Verified Buyer
This course is an excellent introduction to the basics of solar system design. The concepts are clearly explained and supplemented with examples and graphics. Thanks
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Sean Mauldin
01/05/2017
Verified Buyer
Great intro!
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Timothy C. Trewyn
01/04/2017
Verified Buyer
Recommend mentioning ambient temperature correction factors for circuit conductors. Recommend mentioning NEC Article 690. Well written and well supplemented with images and diagrams.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Jerry
01/01/2017
Verified Buyer
I thought this was an easy to read and understand introduction to solar systems for a house.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Philip Hanna
12/31/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent information.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Thomas Shoopman
12/31/2016
Verified Buyer
Easily read and understood.
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12/31/2016
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Ralph Graves
12/30/2016
The presentation was clear and even entertaining.
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John Southard
12/30/2016
I thought this was a very good introduction for the design of a battery powered home.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Roger Cantrell
12/30/2016
Verified Buyer
A very interesting course at the right technical level for a non-electrical engineer such as myself. I thoroughly enjoyed the course
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LM Cherwa
12/30/2016
Verified Buyer
Very informative and straight forward.
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Om Bhola
12/29/2016
Verified Buyer
Very well written. No confusion at all in completing the course. Thanks, SunCam.
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Peter Fontane
12/28/2016
Verified Buyer
Very informative and easy to understand
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Hans Alce
12/28/2016
Verified Buyer
SImply and clearly written. Good introduction to solar power. A green sun, what a concept!
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Scott Robinson
12/28/2016
Verified Buyer
One of the better courses I have taken over the many years of obtaining online continuing education for my Electrical PE. The course material is presented very well, with good use of examples and a clear, concise writing style.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Kirk Drost
12/27/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent Introduction to Solar Power design. Clear and concise. Practical tips and suggestions are a helpful part of the course material.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Ross Bozeman
12/27/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent course
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Joey Janning
12/26/2016
Verified Buyer
Course content was well presented and informative. Good basic overview and introduction. Enjoyed!
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Joe Renowden
12/24/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent introductory course. Comprehensive coverage of the essentials and fundamental concepts of the small structure PV system at a very practical level.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
12/18/2016
Verified Buyer
Great Course! This course provides an overview of a solar system. Enjoyed and learned from the course.
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Fred Dimmick
12/16/2016
Verified Buyer
Great introduction - clear with great examples
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Johnny Rivera
12/12/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent practical introductory course on this subject.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Ed
12/10/2016
Verified Buyer
Very easy to follow.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Andrew Smith
12/05/2016
Verified Buyer
Quite pleased with this course, including warnings for pitfalls and technique. Would like to see some update to storage capacities of new battery systems.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Dennis Taylor
12/05/2016
This seems to be a thorough introduction to design to help the beginner ask the right questions. It was a bit challenging. I would recommed it to others.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Allen Jones
12/01/2016
Verified Buyer
Very good review course. Might somewhere in the test explain how 24 volt amps have a bigger bang for the buck than 12 volt amps. Goes along with wire sizing.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
H. Michael Richards
11/30/2016
Verified Buyer
Very good introductory course for this emerging technology.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Eduardo L. Martinez PE
11/28/2016
Verified Buyer
This course is very practical and give us the essences of this electrical system
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Mark Crawford
11/27/2016
Verified Buyer
Provided a good general overview with useful information. Particularly helpful for someone who is new to solar (battery) systems.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
R. Gratz
11/25/2016
Verified Buyer
A very good general course to start you off in this area.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Wade
11/09/2016
Verified Buyer
Great introduction into solar power.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
John Seybold
10/16/2016
Verified Buyer
Very well done and interesting course.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Hector Serrano
10/08/2016
Verified Buyer
The course is an excellent introduction. It appears to cover all the essentials. I t strengthened my understanding of some topics I already have some knowledge of, and made me well aware of those I have little to no exposure.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Clement Nadeau
10/03/2016
Verified Buyer
The technical solar focus is very good. The author delves into economics that is surely not his expertise and gives misleading\simplistic answers to a much more complex topic. Don't take business advice from him.
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Douglas Rodriguez
09/07/2016
The course is clear and has good examples.
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Solar Power Part 1
Timothy A. Welch
08/21/2016
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Very informative, straight forward and helpful.
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gwall
07/09/2016
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Excellent and very easy to understand!
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070 - Solar Power Part I - Design for Smaller Structures
Warren M. Childress, PE
06/02/2016
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This is a very helpful course. It is well written and easy to follow.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Derek
05/31/2016
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I found this course to be very useful for someone, like me, who lacks experience in the solar or electrical fields.
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070-Solar Power Part 1
Mark
04/23/2016
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Good overview of solar power for small structures

Regarding Question 11, the "correct" answer was...
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Anonymous reviewer
03/25/2016
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Good introduction to designing solar powered battery systems
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Solar Power Part 1
William Dunne
03/15/2016
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Excellent introduction to the topic.The equipment recommendations in particular were to the point and clear.

It should be a must read for all Homeowners contemplating the installation of a solar system for their own home.
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Solar Power Part I
TL
02/12/2016
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very good introductory course!
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Solar Power Part I
Robert Conner
02/02/2016
As a Civil Engineer that is being pushed by circumstances into energy recovery, this has been a good introduction to how alternative power works on a small scale. I'll be working my way up through the series towards the larger systems.
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good intro to solar power
Anonymous reviewer
01/22/2016
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content and organization of the course material was excellent in increasing understanding for persons unfamiliar with solar power.
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solar power part 1- a good, intro
George O.
01/11/2016
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I liked the concise review of solar system basics- especially the emphasis on batteries
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Small Structure Solar Power Introduction
Anonymous reviewer
12/16/2015
Good introductory course, sufficient for an electrical P.E. to design a small DC (or AC) system.
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070-Solar Power Part I - Design For Small Structures - An Introduction
Anonymous reviewer
12/10/2015
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This was, of course, a very basic intro course. However, I did learn some good points, such as designing a battery power system as opposed to a solar power system.
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Solar Power Part 1 - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Anonymous reviewer
12/03/2015
Excellent introduction for a chemical engineer who is thinking about putting a solar system on his house. Gives the information necessary to come to an informed decision on practicality of doing so and likely payback time.
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Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures - An Introduction
Anonymous reviewer
11/05/2015
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Provides good overview for engineers not experienced in solar power
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Outstanding Course!!!
Anonymous reviewer
10/13/2015
This course was interesting and expanded my knowledge of a subject matter I was not familiar with. It was thorough, complete, and very well presented.
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anonymous
08/08/2015
Excellent for my starter course. I will be watching for the next course to go on sale
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anonymous
06/30/2015
Course reading material was easy to follow. Test material was prepared to be very relevant to the discussion.
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anonymous
06/09/2015
Very clear and concise, yet thorough and instructive
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John M.
06/05/2015
Very informative initial course for this subject.
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Great Introduction
anonymous
05/28/2015
Great introduction to small scale solar power for a non-electrical engineer. I'm a civil/environmental engineer and am involved with sustainability issues, so this was a good introduction to solar energy principals at a high level. Good for someone interested in doing something for their home.
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070-Solar Power Part I
Tomas C. Armstrong, P.E.
03/24/2015
The course is well explained and an excellent way for continued technical education.

I give it a grade of : A

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Don
03/17/2015
This is an excellent course. Well written with enough examples to set the stage for the next components to be considered for a solar residence. This is a hands-on presentation of the basic elements.
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anonymous
03/13/2015
The course material is presented in a clear and concise manner.
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Jim Goddard
03/09/2015
Well written and easy to follow.
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Good introduction to solar power for small buildings
anonymous
03/07/2015
This short course is a good introduction to solar power basics for small buildings. It covers some design criteria for selecting solar panels, charge controllers, batteries, inverters and wiring.
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Excellent, quality course
Margaret Hanrahan
02/28/2015
This was an excellent, quality course, and reasonably understandable for an engineer who doesn't normally work with electrical systems. We have a solar system on our roof and I work on sustainability-related projects, so having a better understanding was useful. The only things I would consider changing is that I suspect most solar systems are grid-tied, and the focus was rather heavily on battery-backed systems. Also, I'd say it's not correct that a system "must" be pointed true south, that just improves performance, but west facing systems or some other angle can also work. Finally, I'd look at including some information on other types of policy frameworks; our system is partly net metering and partly feed-in-tariff. Many larger jurisdictions (including Los Angeles and Long Island) allow feed-in-tariff systems, as do around 90 other countries. My utility in Gainesville, FL was the first to offer this option in North America.
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Solar Power Part 1
Stefan Martinsen
02/28/2015
Very interesting course, a good introduction to home solar systems
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anonymous
02/27/2015
This extended my knowledge of solar systems and gave me the basis for exploring further.
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anonymous
02/27/2015
Good solid intro course.
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KC
02/23/2015
I was hesitant to take this class as I have little background in electrical, but want to be versed in the basic concepts so I can work with a contractor. The material was very clear and explained in detail with no trick math problems. Good introduction to the subject and a very interesting course.
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Solar Power for non-electrical engineers
anonymous
02/23/2015
This was one of the best courses I have taken. It was clearly written and the testing was presented as a learning tool and not a how well can you hunt challenge.

Take it- you will be glad you did.
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anonymous
02/22/2015
The course was as much instructive as it was a requirement for license renewal. It was well worth the time and effort. I prefer to advance my knowledge while meeting a license renewal requirement.
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Solar Power Basics
CE Womble
02/21/2015
Provided a good basic understanding of Solar Power Systems.
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anonymous
02/18/2015
The course covered the essentials and was well prepared.
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Scott Brunner
02/16/2015
This was an excellent introductory course for designing a solar power system for a small building or structure. The most important thing I took away from the course was that solar system design is primarily an analysis of energy storage in a battery array...I think most of us simply think of a solar system as transmitting power directly from the solar panels to the appliance loads. As I took the course test, I realized that I had actually learned the basics and did not have to go back to re-review. Course was enjoyable and an "easy-read" -- nice job.
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anonymous
02/04/2015
I thought this was good. Gave me a basic understanding of residential solar systems, without trick questions.
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Good introduction to the field
anonymous
02/01/2015
Very readable and a good introduction to a rapidly changing field. The discussion opens thoughts of interesting options such as adding limited battery backup to a system to be attached to the grid. I was not aware of the DC powered applicances.
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A Very Good Introductory Course on Solar Power Installations
Ellsworth D. Berkowitz
02/01/2015
This course is an excellent primer on solar power installations. It is presented in a very practical manner, and does not try to impress with overly theoretical explanations. It covered both technical and cost aspects of these systems. I believe that any competent engineer could design an effective small solar energy system after taking this course.
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Ricky Estripeaut
02/01/2015
Very good, but very basic. Section on sizing very informative/
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Scott
01/25/2015
Ok, but VERY Basic Course.
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Michael Flanagan
01/18/2015
Really helped my understanding of the basics.
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anonymous
01/17/2015
Excellent for being a basics course on the subject.

PS: Seems to me that the calculation in parenthesis (in the first sentence of the first paragraph of page 23) should read 4000/530 = 7.54 and not 12000/530 = 22.16.

Author response: You missed a step. As stated in the course "Using 2-volt 530 amp-hr batteries...." The first calculation would be 24,000 / 2 = 12,000 amp-hrs. Then 12,000 amp-hrs / 530 amp-hr batteries = 22.6 or 23 batteries. Don't forget to adjust your amp-hr needs if you change the battery voltage. Hope this helps.

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Michael Gunger
01/17/2015
The course covered the basics with not only the technical requirements but potential costs of the systems under consideration.
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Interesting and practical course
anonymous
01/03/2015
Excellent Course on a timely subject! It gives one a very good understanding of the methods, equipment and costs of installing solar power in a small building without being too technical. I highly recommend this course for engineers.
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George Lwin, PE
01/01/2015
Great introductary course.
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anonymous
12/30/2014
Excellent and east to understand. I enjoyed it very much.
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anonymous
12/30/2014
A very good basic course on Solar Power Generation. It hits all the high points regarding the needed components and how to size them, but does not get bogged down with too much technical information for an introductory class.
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Wayne Bissette
12/30/2014
Great course. Offers very useful material bearing in mind it is an introductory course. Should be a solid foundation for anyone considering taking the follow on courses, or possibly for someone investigating the possible installation of solar panels.
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anonymous
12/30/2014
Excellent overview of small solar design. Easy to understand and extremely well organized presentation.
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Harlow Brown
12/29/2014
I am a civil engineer and I found this course to be very informative and now I have a basic understanding of a solar system.
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12/29/2014
Very impressive and to the point!
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anonymous
12/27/2014
Very easy to follow, and the test questions reinforce the ideas presented. Very good course for an intro to the design of a solar power system for a small structure.
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anonymous
12/26/2014
This was a good introduction to solar power. The test questions were in the same sequence as the answers in the course material, and the questions were unambiguous
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John Driscoll
12/23/2014
Course is clear, concise and very useful.
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anonymous
12/18/2014
This is a great start up course for those who are interested in Solar Power.
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anonymous
12/08/2014
This is an excellent introductory course for solar system design. It covers components used in the systems, discusses various types of components, basic system calculations and even rough cost comparisons of components [rare in introductory courses]. I highly recommend this course.
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anonymous
12/05/2014
Content and order of outline was very good;however, I could do without the 1st person text, which would have made the course more concise.
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Larry lesnett
12/01/2014
Great, easy-to-follow course.
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Sujin Pramojaney
11/28/2014
Easy to understand and practical
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anonymous
11/26/2014
Interesting and succinct.
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anonymous
11/26/2014
Excellent course. Well written and logical presentation. Material appears to be up-to-date and all factors affecting design are covered. Appreciated the ability to review the test.
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John
11/25/2014
The instructor chose a good example for a beginning course in solar energy and this was followed by an exam which was appropriate for the level of training.
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Excellent Solar Power course
Dominic Marra
11/25/2014
The material for this course as well as others I have taken is well done, well presented, user friendly, and a great value. The staff is always very professional and helpfull with any questions or needs as you work through. The automatic features of submitting the data to the board is also a great feature. The worksheets help focus the learning and take aways. I highly recommend Suncam for PE PDHs.
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charlie
11/21/2014
I liked the course - very to the point.
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anonymous
11/07/2014
Good course. Material was very clear and understandable and test was straight forward.
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Ernest Baker
11/02/2014
The text material is very complete and clear. All test questions are taken directly from the text material. Multiple choice questions can be difficult to write, but the author has eliminated any vague or misleading question and answer combinations.
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SOLAR POWER DESIGN FOR SMALL STRUCTURES
MOE ASLAM PE PMP
10/07/2014
THE COURSE COVERS PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF THE SOLAR POWER DESIGN AND EVEN PROVIDES KNOWLEDGE BEYOND AN INTRODUCTION IN ALL SIX AREAS OF A SYSTEM. I FOUND IT VERY HELPFUL.
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anonymous
10/06/2014
good course, I recommend it, interesting and easy to understand
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John
10/04/2014
Excellent introduction
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anonymous
09/11/2014
I really enjoyed the introduction to Solar power design for small structures.
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Terry Zaudtke
09/04/2014
I found this course to be very informative and concise. it gives all the basic information needed to properly develop a solar/battery system.
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Solid Introduction
anonymous
08/29/2014
I have taken other courses on solar energy systems, and this one presents the material much more clearly that they did. Thanks!
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anonymous
08/26/2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The author was very pragmatic and helpful with all suggestions on how to build a solar system. I truly felt I was learning from a Subject Matter Expert.
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anonymous
08/06/2014
well organized and thorough course on basic solar design
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anonymous
07/30/2014
Very easy to follow

provide great overview on how to approach a design of a system
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Joe K.
07/29/2014
Good introduction to solar power systems for small structures. Easy to read, with a good, logical format.
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Electric Utility Engineer III
Dean G. McCormick
07/27/2014
Enjoyed the course. I have considered installing solar power at my residence and selected this continuing ed course for that reason. I found the material to be relevant and detailed enough to provide a good starting point for a residential solar power design.
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anonymous
07/25/2014
Excellent intro course. Easy to follow and logically laid out.
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Interesting topic, good presentation
Wayne Cassady
07/25/2014
The topic is timely and the information practical. It was a good refresher for dealing with the systems on our boat and may be of use if we set up a solar panel system for the garage or part of the house.
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anonymous
06/25/2014
Great introduction to small building solar design and for that matter a great overview of solar generation in general. Very nice job!
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anonymous
06/22/2014
Good course, informative, easy to follow, well-organized...learning opportunity. Also found it to be interesting. Thanks.
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070 Solar Power Design for Small Structures
anonymous
06/13/2014
Interesting & informative. Good overview of the subject.
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