Renewable Energy

The renewable energy industry continues to grow, and many analysts predict that by 2020 the global clean energy economy will top $1 trillion.  At Vermont Tech, you'll take advantage of an integrated course of study including engineering, technology, science, and business to prepare for careers designing, implementing, and managing renewable energy systems and similar technologies. You'll learn to evaluate renewable resources, complete site assessments, design systems, model system performance, utilize data acquisition tools, and integrate energy systems into landscapes, buildings, and communities.

Along with a complete Renewable Energy Lab, students have access to a variety of working renewable energy installations that provide power to the Randolph Center campus.

CCV students: Our articulation agreement with CCV guarantees admission for CCV graduates who complete the A.S. in STEM Studies with a 2.0 or higher GPA, provided the student has completed a minimum of 60 pre-approved transfer credits. Please contact our Admissions office for specific degree requirements.

 

The Renewable Energy degree integrates the study of engineering, technology, science, and business to prepare graduates to design, implement, and manage renewable energy systems and similar technologies. Students learn to evaluate renewable resources, complete site assessments, design systems, and model performance.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy will:

  • Design and manage renewable energy systems and related technologies
  • Develop a career path that employs knowledge of science, technology, and management to address energy needs and challenges
  • Work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team using strong graphic and verbal skills to present ideas
  • Learn to integrate state-of-the-art knowledge in this rapidly evolving profession

Renewable energy courses offer hands-on experiences that include design, site assessment, systems installation, biomass processing, system performance monitoring, and troubleshooting. Students also develop and apply theoretical tools to predict system performance and utilize computer-aided technology for design. Technologies covered include solar PV, renewable heating, wind, and biomass.

The Renewable Energy degree program begins with foundation courses to build a broad base of knowledge and skills in science, engineering, technology, design, analysis, and communication. The program curriculum also offers hands-on experience with solar, wind, biomass, and other working renewable energy systems on our Randolph Center campus. Student experiences include solar and wind resource assessment; biomass processing and characterization; system design and installation; and performance estimation and monitoring.

Our graduates have gone on to be systems designers, systems technicians, field operations technologists, technical managers, and sales technicians employed by renewable energy manufacturers; energy project developers; manufacturing and technology companies; and energy consulting and management firms.

The normal number of credits required for the degree is 121.

  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

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Working with renewable energy manufacturers, energy project developers, manufacturing and technology companies, and energy consulting and management firms, our graduates pursue careers as: systems designers and technicians, field operations technologists, technical managers and sales technicians.
 

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