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Renewable Energy Training and Education

October 16, 2013 - 5:17pm


Multiple resources exist to train Federal agency personnel to integrate renewable energy into Federal new construction or major renovation projects. Even if the agency is outsourcing renewable energy expertise, in-house staff members still need to have knowledge of the implemented technologies and how they interact with other systems.

A number of colleges and universities across the country are adding courses and developing programs in various renewable energy fields. Renewable energy training courses and seminars are also available through workshops, hands-on training, and certification. There are also courses designed to provide the knowledge necessary to gain North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certifications.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) maintains a database and maps of university courses and training providers in renewable energy and energy efficiency, searchable by state and technology. The university courses directory details 47 four-year universities offering both undergraduate and graduate courses. The training providers catalog provides information on 179 courses, detailing programs, workshops, and hands-on training. Both on-site and online training programs are available.

IREC manages the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) Accreditation Certification Program, developed as an evaluation for training programs, specifying requirements for competency, quality systems, resources, and qualification of a curriculum. The website mentions which training programs are ISPQ accredited.

DOE Training

FEMP renewable energy trainings help Federal agencies understand and meet Federal energy management requirements.

The EERE Education and Professional Development program features training and courses within renewable energy fields, including colleges and universities with degree programs, community colleges and training centers that offer two-year degrees or certificates, and individual seminars.