Go Solar PV: The Business Potential of Solar Photovoltaics

Explore the current state and future potential of solar PV technology, and get new insights into the solar photovoltaics market.

Go Solar PV: The Business Potential of Solar Photovoltaics

  • Duration 7 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $64 Find out more

Discover the PV business and expand your professional options.

Harnessing the power of the sun has been the dream of energy professionals for decades. Now, with solar photovoltaic technology becoming more and more affordable, scalable and accessible, that dream is getting closer to reality.

This online course looks at solar PV in depth, examining its potential for today and the near future, exploring the technical challenges, and assessing the commercial opportunities.

It offers you an unparalleled insight into the global solar power market, and will give you the knowledge and practical details to shape and lead the future of solar energy.

Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsThe solar industry has been growing at fast rate over the past few years and is present in more than 40 countries. Today it represents more than 200 GW of installed capacity which is equivalent to around 330,000 football pitches. Solar photovoltaic is expected to be developed accross the world and it is considered to be, together with other renewable energy sources, a key pillar for climate change mitigation. According to the IEA, the penetration of PV electricity will increase more than 16 times up until 2050.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsThe improvement of technology and the optimisation of the value chain have resulted in a 70% reduction in equipment costs since 2007 as this trend continues, PV could become one the cheapest forms of generating electricity in the future. Cost reduction, scalability and the simplicity to operate this technology make it a “game changer”, ideal for installations ranging from small rooftops, commercial or industrial buildings and large power plants- changing our energy panorama with a low cost and distributed source of electricity. But the most important thing is that, from individuals to companies, we all can be part of this change. If you are a professional moving towards positions in the PV business …or simply want to discover solar photovoltaic energy...

Skip to 1 minute and 30 secondsThe PV Game course is made for you.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 secondsWith this course you will learn how: To Analyse concrete business cases, To Understand market dynamics To Explore PV technology and its cost To finance such projects. And to understand the day to day operation of a PV installation. You will be guided by the best professionals in the industry who will help you to access key information and take you through the different reality-like case studies that are waiting for you.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 secondWe offer you a dynamic, participative, and personalised approach to make the most out of this course. You know,… as Lewis Carroll said, "in a world in motion, who stands still, moves backwards". So,… don't get left out and participate. We are expecting you.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    From 13 Apr 2020

    Let’s start with the PV Basics

    • Introduction

      Before we get into the subject, we would like to introduce you to what you’ll learn and how. You can then meet our team of experts and facilitators, ready to guide you throughout the course.

    • The PV Basics

      Let's start by introducing some basic concepts that will help you better understand how this technology works.

    • PV Market evolution and perspectives

      Learn more about the characteristics and expected evolution of the PV market.

    • Weekly summary

      We’ve reached the end of Week 1. Find a summary of what has been seen during the week.

  • Week 2

    From 20 Apr 2020

    Business Case 1: Evaluating a PV project

    • Introduction to BIPV

      Welcome to week 2, were you’ll be able to apply some concepts around PV to a real business case.

    • BIPV business case

      Let’s apply some of the concepts that you’ve learned so far to a business case.

    • Evaluating a BIPV project

      What is necessary to evaluate a BIPV project? Let’s go further with our business case.

    • Weekly summary

      Congratulations, you reached the end of Week 2!

  • Week 3

    From 27 Apr 2020

    Business Case 2: National regulatory framework

    • Pricing mechanisms

      Week 3 is about the process of drawing up a regulation of the electricity system on a PV installation for self-consumption. This will be explored through a business case.

    • Business case: different positions and stakeholders

      Now that you know about pricing mechanisms, let’s learn how regulation can influence consumption and production.

    • The electricity market

      Let’s learn more details about the electricity market. These can help you solve the rest of this week's business case.

    • Weekly summary

      Congratulations, this is the end of Week 3! Check out what you’ve learned so far.

  • Week 4

    From 4 May 2020

    Costs, risks, and financing

    • Introduction

      In order to set up a PV project, it is necessary to analyse financial aspects such as costs, risks and financing. This week we’ll go through them.

    • Costs and funding sources

      Let’s learn how the cost of electricity is calculated, what procedures include a due diligence, and what the funding sources for centralised and distributed models are.

    • PV project development

      What are the factors that should be taken into account for a large scale project development? What determines the financing of a Solar PV plant? Let’s learn more about these.

    • Weekly summary

      Congratulations, you reached the end of week 4!

  • Week 5

    From 11 May 2020

    PV plant construction, operation and maintenances

    • Introduction

      This week we’re happy to accompany you in a challenging journey: from the construction of a PV plant to its operation and maintenance. Get to see our PV project plan come true!

    • PV plant construction

      Let’s start with the construction process of a PV power plant, which represents a substantial part of the general planning of a large scale project development.

    • PV operation and maintenance

      Now that our plant is operating, let’s learn about operations and maintenance basics. These are key to assure the proper functioning of our PV plant.

    • Weekly summary

      Congratulations, you reached the end of week 5!

  • Week 6

    From 18 May 2020

    Business Case 3 - Large scale PV plant development

    • Introduction

      This week you’ll be able to apply what we saw in the journey from the construction of a PV plant to its operation and maintenance in a real business case of a large scale PV plant.

    • Business case: looking for an agreement

      Learn through a real business case how a power purchase agreement is created and how different procedures are realized. You’re invited to help Arturo Garcia develop this project successfully.

    • Financial aspects of the project

      Learn how to make financial decisions such as subcontracting parts of the project, choosing a bank or setting deadlines.

    • Weekly summary

      Congratulations, you reached the end of Week 6!

  • Week 7

    From 25 May 2020

    Business Case 4 - Due diligence of a PV plant

    • Introduction

      This is the last week of the course, where you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned, especially regarding due diligence.

    • Business case: due diligence of a PV plant

      Learn through a real business case how a change in regulation can affect due diligence. You’re invited to help Arturo Garcia develop this project successfully.

    • Weekly summary

      Congratulations, you reached the end of week 7!

    • Conclusions

      This is the end of the course, you’ve done it really well! Check out the main subjects covered and the main conclusions reached.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the market dynamics, the main regulatory models and their evolution, including: support systems, market and grid integration, and national and international legislation
  • Identify the main trends in solar PV technology and their future potential in terms of costs
  • Explore potential financial models for the development of solar PV deployments
  • Evaluate the mechanics of solar PV installation, development, operation and maintenance

Who is the course for?

Go Solar PV is designed for people who:

  • are interested in developing their knowledge of solar PV technology and its commercial potential
  • want to gain an in-depth understanding of the opportunities presented by the PV sector
  • or want to underpin their future professional advancement.

Who will you learn with?

Emilien Simonot

Emilien Simonot

Passionate about technology and innovation, engineering background and strong business acumen in the renewable energy business. I love to shape the future of energy at InnoEnergy.

Rita Paleta

Rita Paleta

I have a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering. I worked on renewable energy systems for developing countries, solar energy projects and integrated urban energy systems

Who developed the course?

EIT InnoEnergy

EIT InnoEnergy is the European company promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in sustainable energy.

The Spanish Energy Club (Enerclub)

The Spanish Energy Club (Enerclub) is a non-profit association created in 1985 that brings together more than 150 companies and institutions and 170 individual associates.

Join this course

Start this course for free, upgrade for extra benefits, or buy Unlimited to access this course and hundreds of other short courses for a year.

Free
$0

Join free and you will get:

  • Access to this course for 9 weeks

Upgrade
$64

Upgrade this course and you will get:

  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
  • Access to this course’s tests as well as a print and digital Certificate of Achievement once you’re eligible
New

Unlimited (New!)
$249.99 for one year

Buy Unlimited and you will get:

  • Access to this course, and hundreds of other FutureLearn short courses and tests for a year
  • A printable digital Certificate of Achievement on all short courses once you’re eligible
  • The freedom to keep access to any course you've achieved a digital Certificate of Achievement on, for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn
  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year
Find out more about upgrades or Unlimited.