ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Certificate of Specialization: Solar Energy Technician

The Solar Energy Technician certificate of specialization is designed to provide entry level skills to students seeking employment as an installer of solar panels or solar thermal systems. Students will gain a broad knowledge of alternative energy, system design and installation techniques. The program will prepare students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exams in Entry Level Solar Thermal and Entry Level Photovoltaic.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required to design and install basic solar electrical (photovoltaic) systems, and basic solar thermal systems.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 13
 

    Units
SOLAR-050 Photovoltaic Systems 5.0
SOLAR-052 Solar Thermal Systems 5.0
SOLAR-101 Introduction to Energy Technology 3.0


SOLAR 050 PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS
Units: 5.00
54.00 hours lecture, 108.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: SOLAR-101

Presents the principles of photovoltaics, including site evaluation, system design, performance simulation, permitting, installation, and rebates and financial incentives. Prepares students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Photovoltaics Examination.


SOLAR 052 SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEMS
Units: 5.00
54.00 hours lecture, 108.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: SOLAR-101

Introduces solar thermal technology, including solar hot water systems, thermal pool heating, and solar radiant floor heating systems. Prepares students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Solar Thermal Exam.


SOLAR 101 INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces major types of energy and their sources and interrelationships while exploring concepts of renewability, sustainability, and environmental impacts.


Planned Course Offerings 2011-2013

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