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What is Solar Energy?

Solar energy is energy from the sun in the form of light, heat and other types of electromagnetic radiation and is responsible for all life on Earth. It is the most abundant form of energy, far surpassing oil, natural gas and other non-renewable sources of energy. Solar energy is environmentally friendly and sustainable and can be harnessed for human use by an ever-growing number of technologies including photovoltaic systems of solar panels that follow the path of the sun throughout the day. The production of solar energy produces no waste and no harmful emissions unlike the burning of coal and oil.

Online Solar Energy Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to solar energy with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. edX offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about solar power production and development and alternative energy sources in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in solar energy engineering courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started now with one of the following courses or programs.

TU Delft in the Netherlands offers an online MicroMasters in solar energy engineering. This in-depth, 5-part program is designed to get you on a path to a career in the field or advance you in your current position. Learn about the latest photovoltaic solar technology and how it is being used to develop advanced, flexible solar panels. Understand how existing crystalline silicon based solar cells operate as well as CdTe, CIGS, Perovskites and more. By the end of this program, you will be able to design solar power systems of multiple sizes from a residential rooftop to a complete solar farm.

Explore other free online solar energy courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.