Introduction to Solar Energy

Learning objectives

  • Describe the benefits of solar power production
  • List common ways solar energy can be used to augment traditional fossil fuel generation
  • Explain how energy storage systems are used to overcome deficiencies in solar power production
  • Describe how a photovoltaic solar plant produces and delivers power to the grid
  • Describe how a thermal solar plant produces and supplies steam for use in electrical power generation

Course overview

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain the benefits of solar power generation and how solar power can be used to augment power generation from fossil fuels. You will also be able to describe the most common methods of solar power generation in use today.

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