Renewable Energy training

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Here is a listing of some of the best Renewable Energy training courses around the United States. For a more thorough list, visit the Renewable Energy Training Catalog published by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Also, check out this blog series from Mother Earth News contributing editor Dan Chiras about finding a green job in the field of renewable energy.

Solar Education Programs

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

303-883-8290 or info@evergreeninstitute.org.

Located in Gerald, Missouri, Evergreen, Colorado and Clarendon, New York but hosts classes across the country.

Alaska Renewable Energy Programs

John Brown University


Fernando Vega- Program Director fvega@jbu.edu

Siloam Springs, AK 72761

Arizona Renewable Energy Programs

Coconino Community College

Joseph Costion- Dept. Chair- 928-526-7696 joseph.costion@coconino.edu

Alternative Energy Technician Certificate, AAS degree in Alternative Energy Technology

Pima Community College


Tucson, AZ

Solar installer certificate, AAS degree in Building and Construction Technologies with concentration in solar installer.

California Renewable Energy Programs

Solar Living Institute 707-472-2450

P.O. Box 836, Hopland, CA 95449

Workshops in California or on-line training

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers– Union 551- Santa Rosa, CA

John Lloyd- 707-542-3505

Offers classes toward certification

Sun Pirate Solar Training



ISPQ Accredited, located Cotati, CA

UC Berkeley Extension


Intro to PV Systems, Professional Program in Solar Energy and Green Building, Certificate in Construction Management

Diablo Valley College


Pleasant Hill, CA

Alternative energy technology: PV systems certificate

Skyline College

Certification in Solar Installation and Integration

San Bruno, CA


Boots on the Roof


Fremont, CA

Master certificate in renewable energy, renewable energy boot camps, on-line courses, ISPQ accredited.

DeAnza College

Ridha Hamidi- 408-864-8999 x 3159

Cupertino, CA

Intro to PV Tech, PV Tech Field Project

Solar Training Institute


Throughout California

Solar Tech Institute



East Los Angeles Skills Center


PV Installer Introduction and Certification preparation courses

Green Career Institute

866-545-5441 or info@greencareerinstitute.com

Throughout California

Allied Schools/Training4Green

800-732-7410 or allied@alliedschools.com

Solar business, intro to PV, advanced PV. On-line courses.

MiraCosta College

760-795-6820 or 888-895-8186

Oceanside, CA

One week courses in business strategies and PV

Colorado Renewable Energy Programs

Solar Energy International


Carbondale, CO

ISPQ Accredited Renewable Energy Education Program (REEP) on-line and hands on workshops offered all over.

iCAST- International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology


Lakewood, CO

On-line training, classroom training. Some free training.

Arapahoe Community College

Doug Mugge- Department Chair- 303-797-5863

Littleton, CO

Active Solar Thermal Systems Technician certificate

Florida Renewable Energy Programs

Florida Solar Energy Center

321-638-1000 or Sherri Shields, Asst. Communications Director- 321-638-1010

Cocoa, FL

Michigan Renewable Energy Programs

Michigan Energy Demonstration Center at Northwestern Michigan College



Oakland Community College


Dr. Debra Row- dgrowe@oaklandcc.edu

Certificate in Renewable Energies and Sustainable Living

Macomb Community College

Lisa Richter- 586-445-7191

Renewable Energy Technology Certificate

Montana Renewable Energy Programs

The University of Montana, Missoula

Jenny Gorsegner- Program Assistant- 406-243-7916 jennifer.gorsegner@umontana.edu

Tom Gallagher- Department Chair- 406-243-7814 thomas.gallagher@umontana.edu

Energy Technology Program, online but majority of classes still offered in traditional classroom

New Mexico Renewable Energy Programs

San Juan College

505-327-5705 or 866-426-1233 (toll free)

Farmington, NM


Santa Fe Community College

Randy Grissom- director Sustainable Technologies Center- 505-428-1641, randy.grissom@sfcc.edu

Certificate in Solar Energy

New York Renewable Energy Programs

SUNY Ulster Sustainability 845-339-2025

Courses in Office of Continuing and Professional Education

Oregon Renewable Energy Programs

Portland Community College



Electronic Engineering Technology in Renewable Energy Systems- AAS degree or one year certificate

Northwest Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College

541-463-3977 or 1-800-769-9687


4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

AAS in Energy Management, Renewable Energy Technician, Water Conservation Technician. Certification in Sustainable Building Advisor, Residential Energy Auditor, Building Operators Certification, Energy Management Certification. Customized energy training too. ISPQ Accredited!

Texas Renewable Energy Programs


512-443-5725 or info@imaginesolar.com

Austin, TX

Austin Community College

Degree programs- 512-223-6404 vman@austincc.edu

Continuing education/Certification programs- 512-223-7525 or eardizon@austincc.edu

ISPQ accredited!




Washington Renewable Energy Programs

Shoreline Community College


16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133

Associates degree, three certificate programs

Lake Washington Technical College

425-739-8100 x 660 (Dr. Grace Lasker)

11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

AASD – Energy & Science Technician, Energy Technology Certificate of Completion

Wisconsin Renewable Energy Programs

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Solar Energy Technology Program: 920-498-5444 or 888-385-6982 (Associate Degree)

Renewable Energy: 920-498-5461 or 800-422-NWTC x. 5461 (Solar Certificate)

Synergized Solar



River Falls, WI

Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET)

Madison, WI

Renewable Energy Certificate

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)


Offers NABCEP certification training programs

Green Job Resources

Great Green Careers Find green job listings and articles about exploring different types of green careers.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) The organization’s 2010 conference will be held in from May 20-22 in Phoenix, and will include a Green Careers Resource Center. Check out the link above for other green job information from ASES, including their most recent green job reports.

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