Through this introductory course, students will gain a basic understanding of photovoltaic solar energy systems, terminology, and the benefits and challenges facing the solar industry. Upon completion, students will have a sufficient understanding of how solar systems work and the industry mechanisms as a whole, including the benefits of solar PV, market challenges, and climate change. Physical PV components investigated through this course include off-grid inverters, DC optimizers, panel boards, cabling, batteries, and racking systems. The course will focus on Alberta-based solar PV and compare other jurisdictions around Canada as well as the world. Similarities and differences of technical social factors affecting solar PV will be observed to potentiate positive local outcomes.