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Sustainable Technology
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Have you ever wondered if your home, business or property would be a good location for a renewable energy system? Over the last ten years the cost of solar, wind and other renewable systems has become increasingly more affordable along with state and federal tax credits that can cover 50% of the cost. College of The Albemarle offers hands-on classes that teach you how Sustainable Technology can provide you with energy savings and environmental benefits. These short-term classes will explain the current technology and trends, how to assess your project site and hands-on practice with state of the art systems.
Gene Williams is the Associate Professor of Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning and has over 30 years experience working with industrial systems. Gene and two other instructors have earned a diploma in Renewable Energy Technology from the NC State Clean Energy Technology Center. Industry experts from NC State as well as Appalachian State University worked with College of The Albemarle to develop training labs and course content in Sustainable Technology.

While these classes are introductory in nature, COA is in the process of becoming a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) testing center. Students with electrical experience will be able to take a 40 hour class and sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Installer Certification Exam. Learn more about NABCEP.

Main training labs are located on the Edenton-Chowan Campus. Some topics will be offered at the Currituck Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center and the Manteo Campus through Continuing Education.
Please check the current Continuing Education schedules for times and locations. To register, please call (252) 482-7900, x 6026 or (252) 335-0821 x 2250. If you have any questions, please email John Stolarczyk, Sustainable Energy Coordinator, john_stolarczyk@albemarle.edu. If there is another Sustainable Technology topic not listed here that you would like to learn about, please let us know! 

Courses Offered

Intro to Solar Energy Technology
This course will help you understand how solar energy can be used for small applications and how to determine if a home or site is suitable for solar electricity. Class will also cover fundamentals of electricity and how to set up a small off-grid system. Topics will include state and federal incentives for solar power, estimating costs and learning the correct terminology when seeking a qualified licensed electrician to install a system.

Intro to Wind Power Technology
This course will help you understand how wind energy can be used for small off-grid settings. Class will cover how to determine if a site is feasible and estimate output of a small wind system. Topics will include state and federal incentives for wind power, estimating costs and learning the correct terminology when working with wind power systems. Class will raise a small air breeze turbine for charging batteries.

Intro to Geo-Thermal Heating and Cooling
Students will learn about Geo-Thermal heating and cooling systems used for homes and businesses. After completing this course students will be able to make informed decision and understand various systems types for geographical regions.

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