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Renewable Energy Program Details

This Embedded Technical Diploma prepares students with skills necessary for basic geothermal, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and wind services. After successful completion, students have the opportunity to apply these credits to the Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration and Renewable Technology 1-year technical diploma and the 2-year associate degree.

Just the Facts

Renewable Energy
18 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
August and January

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $3,381

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Additional Information

Non-Traditional Occupation

HVAC/R Career Pathway  

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These are a few of the courses you will take in the Renewable Energy program.
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  • Refrigeration Theory
    This course will cover the basic refrigeration cycle and components. Different refrigerants and proper handling will also be included.
  • Electricity Principles
    Wiring and physical properties as they are related to electricity will be covered. Motors, controls and electrical meters used in the HVAC/R industry will be covered and applied.
  • Solar/Wind Applications
    This course provides an overview of solar water heating, solar air heating, solar photovoltaic and wind applications. Students will be involved in the installation, maintenance, service and performance of these systems. Passive and active solar systems will be reviewed. The declination angle and the effect it has on the sun's radiation during winter and summer is detailed in site evaluation. The student will be given the opportunity to explore and evaluate small wind systems.


  • Field Service Technician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Service Technician

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