Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-865: Photovoltaic Systems Engineering




This course introduces basic engineering concepts for photovoltaic systems. Topics covered include solar resource assessment, PV cells and modules, system components, performance modeling, system sizing, loss mechanisms, energy yield assessment and project economics. Different applications and business models for PV technology will be discussed including utility scale PV power plants, rooftop systems and off-grid systems. The implications of relevant policy will be explored including net metering and independent power producers. The course will be interesting to a general audience but is focused in particular on applications in the developing world.

Last Modified: 2024-06-28 2:13PM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2024
  • Fall 2023