Renewable Energy Technology Fundamentals

Career Studies Certificates

Code: 221-706-40

General Information

The energy needs of our nation are currently met with strong reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Supplies of these fuels are dwindling and are becoming increasingly expensive to produce, as well as environmentally damaging to extract and consume. Several sustainable/ renewable energy technologies are being tested and applied to supplement or supplant fossil fuel resources and energy production systems. While there are many alternative energy technologies under study and development, wind and solar energy resources are examples of two of the more popular options being utilized. The generation, distribution, management and control of clean and efficient energy involves the integration of electrical, electronic, mechanical and computer components and devices, just as in other advanced technology systems in our modern world.

Program Requirements

Renewable Energy Technology Fundamentals – CSC – Program Information sheet (PDF)


Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge and a variety of other locations, including the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC) in Buena Vista. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Formats for the delivery of many general classes include traditional lecture, compressed video, web-enhanced instruction, and independent study. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times. Some courses are available on an independent-study basis.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

No special tools or equipment are required for this program. Some instructors use technology to minimize the use of paper. If a student wishes to produce hard copies of documents (possible hand-outs or extra notes not provided by the instructor, then he/she will need to include the cost of purchasing paper and printing copies as part of his/her budget.

Most students purchase items routinely used for class, such as pens, pencils notebooks, calculators, etc. which may be purchased through the DSLCC Bookstore or another location.

Students are not required to purchase a computer, but most instructors will assign work for students to complete that requires the use of a personal desktop or laptop computer with internet access. It is very likely that some assignments will be made requiring students to work outside of regularly scheduled class times. Students may use computer labs on the main campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center during regular business hours; however, due to some deadlines and personal schedules, students should expect situations in which they must complete work and/or submit assignments on their own time outside of college hours and should plan accordingly.

Employment Outlook

For detailed information about employment in the renewable energy and its many associated environments, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor.


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