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Solar for Starters

GBCI: 0910000417

With the solar industry growing at a rapid rate and integration of this energy source appearing in sustainable buildings world-wide, now is the time to ensure you have the fundamental knowledge to avoid being left behind. Learn from an experienced Solar PV Project Engineer the critical features and promises of solar energy, and stay informed during this rise of a new era in energy efficiency.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

Rating system: v4, v2009

Published on: June 12, 2014

Average: 4 (23 votes)


With the booming solar industry in mind, this course addresses the importance and fundamentals of solar along with analyzing the practical aspects, promises and challenges of solar energy. Ideal for green building professionals in various occupations interested in learning more about one of the most rapidly growing industries today, this course describes in-depth what solar energy truly is, why it is important, how it works and can be implemented into building projects as well as where it is headed. This presentation will set the stage to enhance your understanding of the solar industry and prepares you for GBRI’s Solar for Designers enhanced training course.

Topics covered in this presentation will include:
• Solar radiation
• Electricity & Energy basics
• Return on Investment (ROI)
• Federal and State Incentives and Rebates
• Market trends
• Industry and energy chart analysis
• Projects
• Future of Solar

This presentation includes some of the Q&A from the original recording with a live audience, giving you insight into the most frequently asked questions by professionals just like you. The course also includes review of the graphs in the Executive Summary section of the DOE’s Annual Energy Outlook 2014 report.

A copy of the reading is in the Additional Resources section to the right. The full report can be accessed here.


  1. Describe the importance and basics of solar energy
  2. Identify why renewable energy is important and solar energy's role
  3. Identify market drivers
  4. Understand how solar energy systems work
  5. Analyze solar case studies and where the solar industry is headed
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
New York, NY
United States


Jeffrey Mathews

Engineer and Trainer
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