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Distributed Solar and Building Energy Systems in a Decarbonized Grid

COURSE NO: R04-010
Distributed Solar and Building Energy Systems in a Decarbonized Grid
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course explores the role of demand-side resources in grid transformation and deep decarbonization.


Building energy technologies—including energy-efficient devices, flexible loads, and energy storage—can be coordinated and aggregated to perform similar functions as centralized grid assets. In addition, building energy technologies enable the deployment of distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV). The term distributed solar broadly refers to energy produced by solar panels installed on various rooftops in a (possibly large) geographic area, in contrast to concentrated solar, which refers to energy produced by utility-scale solar power plants. Together, DPV and building energy technologies could help grids achieve deep decarbonization more quickly and cost-effectively.


Demand-side resources can complement supply-side solutions to deep decarbonization by reducing grid net loads and enhancing grid flexibility. The potential benefits of building energy technologies are generally on the order of 20% (e.g., 20% increase in output, 20% reduction in demand, 20% reduction in costs).


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to electrical and energy engineers and professionals who are interested in in applications of solar photovoltaics to building energy systems.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the trends in DPV and building energy-systems growth
  • Knowing the effect of regulatory reforms on demand-side services
  • Understanding demand response as an incentive for consumers to reduce their demand for electricity during peak periods of demand
  • Recognizing the role of demand-side resources
  • Determining the size of the demand-side opportunity to decarbonize grids more quickly and cost-effectively
  • Characterizing barriers to beneficial adoption of demand-side resources
  • Estimating compatibility and interoperability of communication devices
  • Understanding energy policy, building policy, and building user pathways for future development
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Distributed Solar and Building Energy Systems in a Decarbonized Grid”, which is based on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory ”The Demand-Side Opportunity: The Roles of Distributed Solar and Building Energy Systems in a Decarbonized Grid”, publication NREL/TP-6A20-80527, dated September 2021.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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