Solar Panels & Materials for Residential Solar Power [2022]

Learn about the different types of solar panels, their pro’s and con’s, and the latest technology improvements

Hello Solar Energy Enthusiast!

What you’ll learn

  • The latest solar photovoltaic technologies available: PERC, HIT, All-Black, Mono & Poly Crystalline Modules.
  • Understand what the optimum placement of your panels will be: Tilt Angle, Azimuth & Positioning.
  • Learn about solar panel mounting: Roof/Pole/Ground Mounting.
  • The efficiencies you can expect from your panels: The latest improvements, how to find the real efficiency values, and how to poke through sales pitches.

Course Content

  • Photo Voltaic Technologies –> 15 lectures • 1hr 21min.
  • Installation of Solar Panels –> 8 lectures • 32min.

Solar Panels & Materials for Residential Solar Power [2022]


  • No prior knowledge required: You will learn everything you need to know..
  • This course is part of a larger set of courses for Grid Tied Solar Energy Systems: You might be interested in the other sections as well!.

Hello Solar Energy Enthusiast!


My goal is to make sure you will enjoy this course! Since you are reading this, it means you are looking for a reliable source of information related to grid-tied solar energy systems: Through this course, I will share with you my extensive knowledge and experience.


And lucky you! Through this course you will get a condensed version of all the fundamentals you need to be aware of. I have included several short multiple choice questions, though which you can self-test whether you have absorbed the knowledge adequately throughout the course. And to spice it up, we will also take numerous virtual excursions to websites of manufacturers of different components of your solar system. Through this approach, we makes sure that we bridge the following gaps:

  • We make sure that you get the relevant and unbiased knowledge from an experienced professional
  • You have the possibility to test your knowledge and freely browse through the content of the course as per your preferences
  • We will bridge the gap between theory & real-life examples by reviewing numerous product options which you might come across as you will be shopping for your system components

I am glad you are interested in this course: It will teach you all the relevant knowledge, without any ‘fluff’, and includes several brief multiple-choice questions to test your knowledge.


I have created this course for you, fueled by my academic background in Renewable Energy Engineering and extensive field experience in the design and installation of PV Energy Systems. You are getting a very good deal: I will summarize for you all that I have learned over the years, and all you have to do is push the button and starting soaking up the information. Lucky you!


During this course, we will review and learn about the following topics:

  • The Photo Voltaic [PV] effect
  • The different materials options for your Solar Panel
  • Thin film, Crystalline, Gallium Arsenide and Multi-Junction PV Modules
  • Solar Panel energy efficiencies
  • PV Cell efficiency versus PV Module efficiency [and how to avoid being fooled by sales pitches]
  • How to calculate the PV module effiency from the manufacturer’s specification sheet
  • The differences between Mono Crystalline and Poly Crystalline solar panels
  • Crystalline structure manufacturing processes: Seed crystals vs poly crystalline manufacturing
  • The physical differences between Mono and Poly Crystalline PV Modules: How to differentiate between them
  • The PERC solar technology upgrade: Passivated Emitter Rear Contact
  • The HIT solar technology upgrade: Hetero Junction with Intrinsic Thin-layer
  • Bifacial solar panels: How they work and what you can gain from them
  • The Standard Test Conditions versus Bifacial Standard Test Conditions for bifacial panels
  • The Half-Cut solar cell technology: The performance gains and how they work
  • Bypass Diodes in solar panels: How they impact your solar energy production
  • Solar Junction Boxes: Their location on your PV module
  • All-Black solar panels: Their differences with regular mono-facial models
  • The performance losses related to opaque module backing sheets
  • Solar Slopes & Angles: A refresher on the orientation system of degrees
  • Longitude versus Latitude: the global positioning system and how it relates to your solar energy system
  • Optimum tilt angles for your PV module, including theoretical examples
  • The seasonal shift of the earth’s axis and how it impacts your solar energy production
  • How to retrieve your exact Longitude and Latitude
  • Your Solar Azimuth and the spherical coordination system
  • How to determine your roof’s azimuth based on satellite images
  • Practical examples of how to use a digital protractor tool
  • The three types of mounting systems for solar modules
  • Roof mounted systems and their main components
  • System solution examples for corrugated roof mounting systems


The main outline of this course is as follows:

PhotoVoltaic Technologies

  • The PV Effect
  • Material options
  • Improved panel technologies
  • Difference module variations

Installation of Solar Modules

  • Solar angles and module tilt
  • Array orientation and Azimuth
  • Solar Module mounting system options


Take action now! Educate yourself by staring this course, so that you will be able to make well-informed decisions for your system. TIP: Udemy offers a very generous refund policy in case the course content turns out different than expected.


See you soon!



Jesse Gorter

Renewable an Sustainable Energy Engineer, Master of Engineering

Mechanical Engineer, Energy Technology, Bachelor of Engineering


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