Career Opportunities in Renewable Energy: Becoming an Educator

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In response to the President’s interest in developing renewable energy, many people are scurrying to obtain education they need in solar electricity, wind energy, solar thermal systems, and other areas to obtain work in this burgeoning field.

While there’s a need for more professionals in the industry, we also need highly qualified educators to help train aspiring professionals. To help fill the gap, The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building recently created the Renewable Energy Educator Certificate.

To complete the certificate, applicants must take general coursework that introduces them to a number of renewable energy technologies, including solar electricity, solar thermal systems, small wind, and passive solar heating and cooling.  Students then specialize in one area, for example, small wind or solar electricity, by taking additional courses in their area of concentration. Students in this program must also sign up for at least two installation workshops to gain hands-on experience. Students must also pass an exam after each class.

Students can also enter into a license agreement with TEI for their use of PowerPoints and other educational materials developed by the Institute. For more details, please log on to our site.

Pictured above: Bob Solger of the Energy Savings Store teaches a hands-on workshop on solar electricity. Photo courtesy Dan Chiras/The Evergreen Institute. 

Contributing editorDan Chirasis a renewable energy and green homes expert who has spent a lifetime learning life’s lessons, which he shares in his popular blog,Dan Chiras on Loving Life. He’s the founder and director of The Evergreen Institute and president of Sustainable Systems Design. Contact him by visitinghis websiteor finding him on.