Business of Solar for Students and Professionals
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Cost Per watt? kWh/kWp? Solar Irradiance? Power-Purchase Agreement? Want to learn what these terms actually mean?
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Created by Syed Shaheer Aziz
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 19 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the energy infrastructure around you (i.e. electricity grid, types of fuels used to generate electricity, etc)
  • The major components of a solar array, and the process to build a solar array.
  • Key Terms utilized within the solar industry: NTP, CIA, $/Watt, System Production, etc.
  • Different core industries within the solar PV industry.
  • Different types of solar array's and different business model's utilized in the solar industry.
  • Build a renewable energy financial model.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the business of solar: engineering, finance, and regulatory.
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  • You should be able to use a PC.
  • Have an understanding of what a solar PV array does. i.e. generate electricity.
  • Desire to make the world a better place.

Go ahead, book your next networking session, business meeting or interview with a professional in the energy or solar PV industry. Once you've completed this course you'll have a complete understanding on the regulatory, business, and technical aspects of a solar array development. You'll be able to understand the key terminology that's used across the industry and you'll be able to utilize your experience to push the solar industry forward. 

The solar and renewable industry is growing rapidly – the United Stated is going to likely Double the total number of installation from the year before and solar PV is being deployed globally as the preferred choice of electricity. You may have noticed through increased job posts or just by driving through your community and seeing the number of installations.  Now if you’re a professional either marketer, accountant, business development guru or project manager this is a great time for you to join our industry and for you to utilize your existing knowledge and experience to propel our industry forward.

This course was built for everyone, new graduates across the arts & sciences, mid-career professionals, and executives, who are  looking to take charge of their career and grow their knowledge base. You could be working with a solar developer, launching a solar project for your business and want to understand that you have all the right information, or you could be be working at or looking for work at a solar developer and want to make sure you interview strong. 

Within the course you’ll learn about the different components of a solar installation, and how to identify them. You’ll learn how to calculate the total cost of a system and compare that to the total revenue generated by a system. In addition, you’ll also get a brief introduction into what concepts are utilized to produce a safe and high quality system. Finally, we will then then apply these learnings to different business models commonly used in the industry so that you have a holistic view of how a solar installation is developed. You’ll then be able to use this knowledge to either gain a job in our industry or to excel at your existing one! 

The course is broken down into four main sections:

  1. How Solar Array's generate electricity and fit within our Energy infrastructure. 
  2. The Renewable Energy Business Landscape
  3. Developing and Operating a Solar Array
  4. The Business of Solar: Bringing it all Together

Check out the Free Introduction Video's of each section to get an understanding of the specific information you'll learn in each section. 

Within each section you are provided course notes, along with some reading material and quizzes to ensure. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interviewing for a renewable energy job.
  • Anyone who has just started a renewable energy job.
  • Anyone who is thinking about deploying solar for their organization.
  • New Graduate from university.
  • Anyone who wants to excel at a career in renewable energy.
  • Anyone looking for a job in a rapidly growing industry.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Welcome Aboard!
2 Lectures 01:23

Going through this course
How solar array's work and fit into current energy infrastructure.
6 Lectures 33:21
The renewable energy business landscape
6 Lectures 50:02
Introduction: Market Segments

Market Segments

Introduction: Business and Regulatory Models

Business and Regulatory Models

Introduction: Types of Businesses

Types of Businesses
Developing and Operating a solar array.
4 Lectures 13:39
Introduction: Developing and Building

Developing and Building

Introduction: Operating and Maintenance

Operating and Maintenance
The Business of Solar: Bringing it all Together
5 Lectures 42:54
Introduction: Key Performance Indicators and Business Model

Key Performance Indicators and Business Model

Introduction: Trends in the Solar Industry

Trends in the Solar Industry

Conclusion - This is really the beginning!
About the Instructor
Syed Shaheer Aziz
5.0 Average rating
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13 Students
1 Course
Renewable Energy Developer and Solar Educator

After three years of completing engineering school @ the University of Toronto (UofT), I interned at Research in Motion in Waterloo, On. There I quickly learned that those who love their career's and are truly happy are those who have found what they love to do. After completing my internship I went back to UofT to complete my engineer degree with a drive to find what I love to do and to make an impact in the world. I took a renewable energy course called Alternative Energy Systems by Professor James Wallace and made it mission to increase the total amount of solar deployment across the world. 

That was really the start, I learned everything I could about solar photovoltaic and wind energy and then started a full time career at Solar Power Network. There I learned the in's and out's of how a solar developer operates, and how to engineer, and build a solar site. I gained technical experience by engineering sites my self (also with the help of very experienced solar designer), and then gained financial and business model experience by helping my CEO & CFO create financial models for purchasing and selling solar assets. I have my professional engineering license in the province of Ontario, Canada and have the ability to review and build sites across the world. I am thankful for my team and leadership at Solar Power Network where I gained vast experience and increased the total global solar voltaic uptake by 80+MW. 

Total MW Built & Managed - 10 MW+

Total MW Designed & Reviewed - 40 MW+

Total MW Business Model Review - 80MW+

I have also completed my masters of engineering from the University of Toronto and launched a mobile energy application that won several awards across Canada and the United States. 

If you take my courses, I promise to help you learn everything you need to know about renewable energy, so that you can succeed @ your career and help increase the total amount of renewable energy deployment across the world!