Online course in Business & Management

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 $74 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.

What topics will you cover?

  • Which are the drivers influencing the PV business
  • Challenges associated around the world
  • How to anticipate the changing market
  • Business opportunities discovery
  • How to develop a PV project of any type

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 20 Jan 2020

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.

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