Renewable energy is contributing more and more to the world’s ever-rising energy demands. Wind and solar energy generation systems are about to reach the level of affordability that will allow them to be considered equal to conventional power generation systems like fossil fuel plants and hydro-electric dams. Contractors should know what products are on the market, and what rebates and incentives are available for their customers who want to take advantage of energy efficient resources and components. Students successfully completing this three-hour course will gain confidence in their ability to provide valuable information to their customers regarding renewable energy options.
Learning objectives are provided to facilitate understanding and progress. Informal progress checks throughout the module will help you review and measure your understanding of the material. The assessment at the end of each chapter accurately reflects learning objectives. A 70% on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter.
Wind Power I
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to describe the history of harnessing the wind's energy. 2) Identify the difference between wind energy and conventional energy production. 3) Appreciate some of the "Pro vs. Con" debates regarding Green Renewable Wind generated energy.
2. Products and Components
3. Sources of Energy Production
4. Offshore Production: Pros and Cons
5. Onshore Production: Pros and Cons
Wind Power II
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to homeowners, communities, and industry. 2) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy. 3) Recognize the concerns of the homeowner or small business owner when deciding on whether or not to pursue wind energy.
1. Distributed wind power
2. Automation and Safety Factors
3. Grants and Incentives
4. Residential and Small Business Wind Generation
Solar Energy Use I
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the difference between “passive” and “active” solar energy use. 2) Know what PV stands for, and how PV solar energy collection varies from traditional solar heat collection. 3) Gain an awareness of the benefits of solar energy: for residential and commercial use as well as how solar energy benefits the environment.
1. Solar Energy: Passive/Active
2. Solar Photo Voltaic
3. Industry Acronyms and Terms
4. Residential and Small Business Solar Use
5. Rebates and Incentives
Solar Energy Use II
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand some small business or homeowner advantages. 2) Realize there is a price to pay for clean, green energy. 3) Recognize pros and cons when considering solar.
1. Small Business Systems
2. Residential Use
3. Solar Pros and Cons
4. Structural Considerations
5. Installation and Mounting Considerations
Solar Energy Use III
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be aware of the history of man harnessing the sun’s energy. 2) Know the amount of solar energy versus conventional fuel produced energy in the United States. 3) Learn some new terms and gain an appreciation for what “green energy” really means.
1. Solar Harvesting
2. Solar Power Plants
3. Industry Acronyms and Terms
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