Continuing & Professional Education

Solar Energy Development and Design

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The renew­able ener­gy sec­tor employs 11.5 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide and over 400,000 in Cana­da, with a pro­ject­ed growth for the next decade of 50% in Cana­da and 160% in Alberta.

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Under­stand the tech­nol­o­gy behind solar pow­er as you acquire a foun­da­tion­al under­stand­ing of solar pow­er and walk through the plan­ning, design, and devel­op­ment process required to install a solar project. Learn about the mechan­ics of solar pow­er gen­er­a­tion and the tech­ni­cal aspects of its inte­gra­tion into pow­er grids. Explore the eco­nom­ics of dif­fer­ent solar pow­er projects as you prac­tice fore­cast­ing the out­put of projects in real time and assess the prof­itabil­i­ty of poten­tial new projects. Dis­cuss the promis­ing future tra­jec­to­ries of the industry.

Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment and Design will be of spe­cial inter­est to those who want to devel­op, man­age, or improve their under­stand­ing of the rapid­ly evolv­ing clean ener­gy sec­tor. This includes, among oth­ers, envi­ron­men­tal pro­fes­sion­als, project man­agers, indus­try exec­u­tives, devel­op­ers and investors inter­est­ed in expand­ing their career or busi­ness with renew­able energy.

Two steps, two cre­den­tials for you!

This series is com­prised of a 42-hour course, Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment,” which is offered as a com­ple­ment to the foun­da­tion­al pro­gram Renew­able Ener­gy Essen­tials. To earn your Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment and Design Record of Achieve­ment, you must com­plete this solar ener­gy course and, in addi­tion, the three 14-hour cours­es offered through Renew­able Ener­gy Essen­tials.

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Step 1

Com­plete the three foun­da­tion­al cours­es in the Renew­able Ener­gy Essen­tials series
three 14-hour cours­es: receive Essen­tials Series Record of Achievement

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Step 2

Com­pete the course Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment
one 42-hour course + Essen­tials Series: receive Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment and Design Record of Achievement


Fully online.

Offered as a complement to the foundational program Renewable Energy Essentials.

No prerequisites; working experience in a related area is recommended but not required. It is also recommended that participants have completed high school and are proficient in English.

Complete one course and the Renewable Energy Essentials series and earn an Online and Continuing Education Record of Achievement.

Complete the Renewable Energy Technologies Certificate and be eligible to write the Sustainable Energy Technologies Professional Exam (administered by the Foundational Technologies Institute) for a discounted student rate of $200 CAD (regular $800 CAD).

Earn a Series Record of Achievement
in Solar Energy Development and Design
  • Can be completed in 3 months
  • Pay as you go
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Com­plete one more course to also earn an addi­tion­al – Wind Ener­gy Devel­op­ment and Design – Record of Achievement.

Com­plete the Renew­able Ener­gy Tech­nolo­gies Cer­tifi­cate and be eli­gi­ble to write the Sus­tain­able Ener­gy Tech­nolo­gies Pro­fes­sion­al Exam (admin­is­tered by the Foun­da­tion­al Tech­nolo­gies Insti­tute) for a dis­count­ed stu­dent rate of $200 CAD (reg­u­lar $800 CAD).

Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any graduate of the University of Alberta

Up to $500 anually
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
Coal and Electricity Transition Tuition Voucher 

If you work at one of the identified coal/electricity worksites and have been employed for a year or more

$12,000 max.

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