Solar Energy

“Delaware Tech offers a two-year degree in Renewable Energy Solar that will prepare you for immediate employment in various entry-level positions in the industry – for both national companies and local businesses. You will learn the basics of customer service, perform site assessment, install solar arrays, perform energy and economic analysis, and prepare technical and sales reports. Our program focuses on hands-on training using state-of-the art-technology and real-world experiences including work experience with an energy company.

As a Renewable Energy-Solar graduate, you’ll be prepared to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Entry Level Program Exam. With additional field experience, you’ll have an opportunity to seek NABCEP Photovoltaic (PV) Technical Sales Certification, PV Installer Certification or Solar Thermal Certification. All graduates will also have OSHA 10 certification with the option of earning OSHA 30 certification. All these certifications are nationally-recognized and will help you become and remain employed.

If you enjoy real-world problem solving by performing a mixture of field and analytical work and want to work in an industry that is helping to create a healthier environment, then a career in the solar industry may be for you. [Link to full program description.]” – Delaware Technical Community College

A Preview of Solar Energy Concepts

If you do not have an engineering or chemistry background, if you are a first year student making your way through the material, or if you are just someone who is interested in learning more about solar power, this section is for you. Here, I explain the basics of what electricity is, provide links to videos about basic chemistry, and explain how those principles are applied to photovoltaic systems.

Lesson 1: Solar Basics

Lesson 2: Chemistry Basics

Lesson 3: Electricity Basics

Lesson 4: Photovoltaics

Lesson 5: Solar Thermal – Coming Soon

Lesson 6: Concentrating Solar – Coming Soon