DOE Reply for training and education for Solar/Wind Energies

Dear Mr. Alexander:

Thank you for your June 19, 2009, email to the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding training in solar and wind energy.

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) provides information at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/ on renewable energy training, courses, and college programs; in particular, the link http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/adult_education.html provides resources on vocational training opportunities. DOE does not, at present, provide financing for students of renewable energy.

Training information from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is at the website http://www.nabcep.org/resources/training, and at the link http://www.nabcep.org/pv_installer.cfm is NABCEP’s photovoltaics installer certification program—certification is not, however, required to install PV systems. Some other websites regarding solar energy installation and training that may be of interest to you include:

> http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/electricity/index.cfm/mytopic=10820, an overview on installing a small solar panel system (at EERE’s Energy Savers website, http://www.energysavers.gov/)

http://www.irecusa.org/fileadmin/user_upload/NationalOutreachPubs/InspectorGuidelines-Version2.1.pdf, a good detailed guide on what is required for a safe solar panel installation, and

> http://www.solar-estimate.org/, a directory of contractors plus useful solar energy calculating tools

> http://www.solar-estimate.org/, a directory of contractors plus useful solar energy calculating tools

Finally, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, http://www.dsireusa.org, in addition to listing incentives for installing renewable energy systems, has links to many energy organizations, some of which provide information on training. We appreciate your interest in renewable energy—feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Jim Kern

Office of Solar Energy Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy

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