Renewable Energy Education

| 5/7/2010 11:35:48 AM

Tags: green jobs, green job training, solar, photovoltaics,

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.

 Installing PV Panel 

Solar Education Programs

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

max miller
2/15/2011 3:34:45 PM

I would also add Everblue's program ( to that list of national solar energy programs.

1/13/2011 6:20:23 AM

Here is another Institute which offers solar training classes in California. American Institute of Renewable Energy (AIRE)

d mcalpin
5/15/2010 12:56:07 PM

Siloam Springs is in AR not AK

tom lombardo
5/14/2010 5:07:13 PM

Hi, I saw your article about renewable energy education, and I thought you'd like to know that Illinois has at least one program also: Rock Valley College (Rockford IL) Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Energy Systems Tom

the dream builder
5/14/2010 3:32:51 PM

You are 100 % correct quilting. Did you know you can press sunflower seeds for the oil, mix it with 10 to 15% gasoline or alcohol and end up with diesel fuel that makes about 30% more power than regular diesel fuel will make in an engine. A great place to learn about this is That means if I put a small 7.5 HP diesel engine on a tiller or whatever, it will put out nearly 10 HP. And it will use about 30% less fuel than just making the base HP on regular diesel fuel. And the kicker is that the waste isn't waste. You can feed it to chickens or any other type of feathered bird, pigs, goats, cows or whatever. I forget now much oil you can get from an acre but I figured I can plant three of the 20 +/- acre field I have in sunflowers, one in corn for the alcohol for the fuel, and have plenty of fuel to plant the other 16 acres in veggies and all the alcohol I'll drink in a year, LOL. Plus the waste of every thing will raise some goats for milk and other dairy products and pigs for all the meat we will need plus some to sell. Not sure if my meat rabbits can eat the leftovers or not. I need to check into that. If I ever get my feet back on the ground good, look out. And I'll build me a water wheel for the electricity too.

5/14/2010 10:52:22 AM

C,mon, Mother Earth. You guys are based out of Hendersonville, NC and didn't list/know about NC State's renewable energy classes? Oh well, so much for Carolinian unity ;) Here is NC State's information link:

5/14/2010 10:27:30 AM

The government has it's place but in the field of energy is is way off base. The first thing it did was turn all alcohol-producing Americans into scofflaws when Prohibition was enacted. The US and Europe ran on alcohol produced by farmers and sold to everyone for cars and tractors. Then the government got involved. Alcohol can be make with many high sugar plants at a greater yield than corn which is on the bottom of the list at 200 gal/acre. Other plants yield up to 1500 gal/acre and many grow with rainwater only. It is legal to make 10,000 gallons per year for yourself. You can put it in your car and it won't ruin anything, another big myth. Maybe governments needs to get involved again when it figures out how to tax small scale production.

shana haygood_3
5/14/2010 8:47:15 AM

Georgia has solar training too! Lanier Tech offers a NABCEP(tm) Solar Photovoltaic Entry Level Certification class. Lanier Tech has new sessions starting soon.

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