Renewable Energy Education

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While the world’s economy is slowly recovering and improving, we don’t have to tell you that the green collar economy is booming. Green job training programs are sprouting up across the country and are educating a new, unique type of dedicated work force.

If you’re interesting in switching careers, consider looking into a certificate program or an associate in applied science (AAS) degree in alternative energy technology. These certificates and degree programs will prepare you for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Entry Level Exam and will set your new career in motion.

If you’re just interested in learning more about the trade and technology, many community colleges and job training facilities offer seminars, individual courses and weekend workshops as well.

Below is an overview of some of the training programs around the United States. For a more thorough list, visit the Renewable Energy Training Catalog published by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

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Solar Education Programs

The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building 

303-883-8290 or info@evergreeninstitute.org.

Located in Gerald, Missouri, Evergreen, Colorado and Clarendon, New York but hosts classes across the country.

 

Alaska Renewable Energy Programs

John Brown University 

479-524-9500

Fernando Vega- Program Director fvega@jbu.edu 

Siloam Springs, AK 72761

 

Arizona Renewable Energy Programs

Coconino Community College 

Joseph Costion- Dept. Chair- 928-526-7696 joseph.costion@coconino.edu

Alternative Energy Technician Certificate, AAS degree in Alternative Energy Technology

Pima Community College 

520-206-4500

Tucson, AZ

Solar installer certificate, AAS degree in Building and Construction Technologies with concentration in solar installer.

 

California Renewable Energy Programs

Solar Living Institute 707-472-2450

P.O. Box 836, Hopland, CA 95449

Workshops in California or on-line training

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers- Union 551- Santa Rosa, CA

John Lloyd- 707-542-3505

Offers classes toward certification

Sun Pirate Solar Training 

707-792-6929

Ret-training@sunpirate.com

ISPQ Accredited, located Cotati, CA

UC Berkeley Extension 

510-642-4151

Intro to PV Systems, Professional Program in Solar Energy and Green Building, Certificate in Construction Management

Diablo Valley College 

925-685-1230

Pleasant Hill, CA

Alternative energy technology: PV systems certificate

Skyline College 

Certification in Solar Installation and Integration

San Bruno, CA

pmartinez@co.sanmateo.ca.us

Boots on the Roof 

888-893-0367

Fremont, CA

Master certificate in renewable energy, renewable energy boot camps, on-line courses, ISPQ accredited.

DeAnza College 

Ridha Hamidi- 408-864-8999 x 3159

Cupertino, CA

Intro to PV Tech, PV Tech Field Project

Solar Training Institute 

408-625-7400

Throughout California

Solar Tech Institute 

408-840-4466

info@solartechinst.com 

East Los Angeles Skills Center 

323-224-5970

PV Installer Introduction and Certification preparation courses

Green Career Institute 

866-545-5441 or info@greencareerinstitute.com

Throughout California

Allied Schools/Training4Green 

800-732-7410 or allied@alliedschools.com

Solar business, intro to PV, advanced PV. On-line courses.

MiraCosta College 

760-795-6820 or 888-895-8186

Oceanside, CA

One week courses in business strategies and PV

 

Colorado Renewable Energy Programs

Solar installer 

Solar Energy International 

970-963-8855

Carbondale, CO

ISPQ Accredited Renewable Energy Education Program (REEP) on-line and hands on workshops offered all over.

iCAST- International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology 

720-881-4639

Lakewood, CO

On-line training, classroom training. Some free training.

Arapahoe Community College 

Doug Mugge- Department Chair- 303-797-5863

Littleton, CO

Active Solar Thermal Systems Technician certificate

 

Florida Renewable Energy Programs

Florida Solar Energy Center 

321-638-1000 or Sherri Shields, Asst. Communications Director- 321-638-1010

Cocoa, FL

 

Michigan Renewable Energy Programs

Michigan Energy Demonstration Center at Northwestern Michigan College 

231-995-1300

technical@nmc.edu 

Oakland Community College 

248-246-2553

Dr. Debra Row- dgrowe@oaklandcc.edu

Certificate in Renewable Energies and Sustainable Living

Macomb Community College 

Lisa Richter- 586-445-7191

Renewable Energy Technology Certificate

 

Montana Renewable Energy Programs

The University of Montana, Missoula 

Jenny Gorsegner- Program Assistant- 406-243-7916 jennifer.gorsegner@umontana.edu 

Tom Gallagher- Department Chair- 406-243-7814 thomas.gallagher@umontana.edu

Energy Technology Program, online but majority of classes still offered in traditional classroom

 

New Mexico Renewable Energy Programs

San Juan College 

505-327-5705 or 866-426-1233 (toll free)

Farmington, NM

reng@sanjuancollege.edu 

Santa Fe Community College 

Randy Grissom- director Sustainable Technologies Center- 505-428-1641, randy.grissom@sfcc.edu

Certificate in Solar Energy

 

New York Renewable Energy Programs

SUNY Ulster Sustainability 845-339-2025

Courses in Office of Continuing and Professional Education

 

Oregon Renewable Energy Programs

Portland Community College 

503-977-4527

Sanda.williams@pcc.edu

Electronic Engineering Technology in Renewable Energy Systems- AAS degree or one year certificate

Northwest Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College 

541-463-3977 or 1-800-769-9687

info@nweei.org

4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

AAS in Energy Management, Renewable Energy Technician, Water Conservation Technician. Certification in Sustainable Building Advisor, Residential Energy Auditor, Building Operators Certification, Energy Management Certification. Customized energy training too. ISPQ Accredited!

 

Texas Renewable Energy Programs

ImagineSolar 

512-443-5725 or info@imaginesolar.com

Austin, TX

Austin Community College 

Degree programs- 512-223-6404 vman@austincc.edu

Continuing education/Certification programs- 512-223-7525 or eardizon@austincc.edu

ISPQ accredited!

Adven/Ontility 

877-558-7479

training@ontility.com

 

Washington Renewable Energy Programs

Shoreline Community College 

206-546-4101

16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133

Associates degree, three certificate programs

Lake Washington Technical College 

425-739-8100 x 660 (Dr. Grace Lasker)

11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

AASD - Energy & Science Technician, Energy Technology Certificate of Completion

 

Wisconsin Renewable Energy Programs

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College 

Solar Energy Technology Program: 920-498-5444 or 888-385-6982 (Associate Degree)

Renewable Energy: 920-498-5461 or 800-422-NWTC x. 5461 (Solar Certificate)

Synergized Solar 

1-877-600-4757

Mike.harvey@synergizedsolar.com

River Falls, WI

Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET)

Madison, WI

Renewable Energy Certificate

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) 

715-592-6595

Offers NABCEP certification training programs

Evergreen Institute Continuing Ed 

Green Job Resources

Great Green Careers Find green job listings and articles about exploring different types of green careers.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) The organization's 2010 conference will be held in from May 20-22 in Phoenix, and will include a Green Careers Resource Center. Check out the link above for other green job information from ASES, including their most recent green job reports.

Also, check out this blog series from contributing editor Dan Chiras about finding a green job in the field of renewable energy.

 

Top photo: courtesy DOE/NREL/Sam Garst. Middle photo, courtesy Solar Energy International. Bottom photo: Courtesy the Evergreen Institute.