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SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Solar Energy Certificate

CIP: 15.0505
School of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability, 505-428-1664

This certificate provides students with the skills required to design, plan, install and troubleshoot photovoltaic solar electric energy systems. The certificate includes a foundation in AC and DC electricity, grid tie applications, and an introduction to solar hydronic systems. Students will acquire skills needed to seek entry- and mid-level positions within the solar industry or apply solar energy skills and knowledge to the green building sector. The certificate prepares students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level exam.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Provide leadership in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Describe how solar energy systems function, including basic design and installation.
  • Recognize wasteful practices and recommend sustainable alternatives.
  • Measure and describe energy and its relationship to solar energy systems.
  • Develop and articulate a definition of sustainability.
  • Understand the principles of entrepreneurship and creating a sustainable small business.

Approved Electives: (4 Credits)

Total 32 Credits Min.

Students in the Sustainable Technologies programs who are required to take a First-Year Student Success course are recommended to take STEM 111 .