Program Description

The Renewable and Alternative Energy diploma program concentrates on Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Small Wind Technology (50 kW/h and smaller). This program prepares students for entry level positions into the field of renewable energy technicians and technical maintenance. Emphasis is placed on "green" technologies including electricity, wind, photovoltaics, solar thermal, energy efficiency, and smart grid technology. Students develop the practical skills needed to install, troubleshoot, and maintain photovoltaic, wind turbine, and solar thermal systems. The course work includes theory and lab practice in energy fundamentals , sustainability, construction practices, electrical currents, and energy measures and efficiency. This program can be taken as a full-time, part time, or even a high school student. High school students can take courses for dual credit through the state of Georgia's Dual Enrollment program. The graduates of this unique program will be prepared to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam. Solar and wind industry employers look for this credential when hiring employees. The program can be completed in less than two years; therefore graduates are quickly prepared to enter the Solar PV and/or Small Wind turbine workforce.

Actual Job/Career

As solar power becomes more cost-effective, it has the potential to make up a larger share of growing U.S. energy needs. And as it expands in usage, there will be a growing need for more workers-manufacturing workers to make solar panels, construction workers to build power plants, and solar photovoltaic installers to install solar panels. The solar industry includes workers in science, engineering, manufacturing, construction, and installation. Scientists, for example, are involved in the research and development of new and more efficient materials, and engineers design new systems and improve existing technologies. Manufacturing workers make the equipment used in solar power generation, such as mirrors and panels. Construction workers build solar power plants. Electricians, plumbers, and solar photovoltaic installers install residential and commercial solar projects. The Solar Foundation estimates that the largest growth in the solar industry in 2011 will be in occupations in solar installation, including photovoltaic installers and electricians and roofers with experience in solar installation.

There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.

Sustainable Renewable and Alternative Energy (57 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
MATH 1013 Algebraic Concepts
Choose one of the following courses:
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
Choose one of the following courses:
COLL 1020 College Success 3
COMP 1000 - Introduction to Computer Literacy 3
Sustainable Renewable and Alternative Energy
occupational courses
ELCR 1003 Introduction to Electrical and Electronics Theory
COFC 1010 Introduction to Construction 2
ALET 1010 Photovoltaic Systems and Installation 5
ALET 1100 Foundations of Energy Technologies 3
ALET 1120 Energy and Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution 3
ALET 1130 Energy Systems Applications 3
ALET 1110 Small Wind System Fundamentals 5
GRBT 1003 Energy Measures and Efficiency 4
Choose one of the following AC options:
ELTR 1020 Alternating Current Fundamentals 3
IDFC 1012 Alternating Current I 3
IDSY 1105 AC Circuit Analysis 3
Choose one of the following DC options:
ELTR 1010 Direct Current Fundamentals
IDFC 1011 Direct Current I
IDSY 1101 DC Circuit Analysis
Choose one of the following courses:
ELTR 1525 Photovoltaic Systems
ELTR 1526 Solar Thermal Installation and Repair
ELTR 1527 Wind Energy Installation and Repair
IDSY 1130  Industrial Wiring
ELTR 1205 Residential Wiring I

*All program information subject to change without notice.

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.


Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills   60
Reading Comp.   55
Arithmetic   34
Algebra   N/A

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