University at Buffalo

Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors

Program Description

This specialization provides an overview of solar photovoltaics (PV), intricacies of solar system design, and a framework for solar PV project management. Targeted for engineers, HVAC installers, architects and building code inspectors, it is also appropriate for anyone considering a career in the growing renewable energy field of solar power. Courses introduce how PV operates and the anatomy of solar electric systems, the economics of solar power, pros and cons of different systems, considerations for designing a PV system, and fundamental code compliance. Materials primarily focus on solar PV in the United States. To learn more, view an overview at https://youtu.be/XjkKzbXqA6s.

Focus Areas

  • Solar photovoltaics (PV), intricacies of solar system design, and a framework for solar PV project management
  • How PV operates and the anatomy of solar electric systems
  • The economics of solar power
  • Pros and cons of different systems
  • Considerations for designing a PV system
  • Fundamental code compliance

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Solar energy consultant
  • Solar system installer
  • Solar energy technician
  • Solar energy specialist/ planner

Target audience

Design/Engineer

Program Format

Online

Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma

Expected Outcomes

Certificate