Renewable Energy Assessment

 

Undergraduate Certificate | Renewable Energy Assessment

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The 12-credit-hour University Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Assessment provides students the opportunity to assess and implement renewable energy technologies. Open to both NC State degree-seeking students and non-degree students.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Assessment provides students the opportunity to assess and implement renewable energy technologies. The certificate is intended to provide students with the ability to assess facilities and land for renewable energy production. The certificate is achieved by taking 12 credit hours in renewable energy assessment topics. The certificate is designed to provide both NC State degree-seeking students and non-degree students opportunities to learn basic renewable energy assessment techniques and principles that are useful in emerging careers in renewable energy.

Eligibility

The certificate is open to all NC State undergraduate degree-seeking students and to those who are enrolled as Non-Degree Studies (NDS) students.

Cost

This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $916 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $2,844 for North Carolina residents and $10,992 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

The certificate program requires 12 undergraduate credit hours (four courses). Students pursuing only the university certificate program are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. NDS students may register for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Thus, the certificate may take from two to four semesters to complete. A minimum grade of “C” is required for each course.

The certificate program requires a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Required courses (6 credits)

ET 120 - Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies and Assessments

Units: 3

Overview of the various renewable energy assessment technologies. Students will learn what assessments and measurements can be taken to determine if renewable energy technologies will be effective in a particular location. Topics include biomass and biofuels, geothermal systems, solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind energy, and hydroelectric.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term

ET 262 - Renewable Energy Adoption: Barriers and Incentives

Units: 3

The understanding of the economic, social, and legal barriers and incentives to renewable energy adoption is an important facet to helping renewable energies reach their potential. This course explores mechanisms that can be used and that have been used successfully in the US and in other parts of the world to remove those barriers and to promote greater use of renewable resources, particularly in rural areas and on agricultural and forested lands.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

Students choose two courses (6 credits) from the courses below

ET 220 - Solar Photovoltaics Assessment

Units: 3

This course introduces specific elements in photovoltaic [PV] systems technologies including efficiency, modules, inverters, charge controllers, batteries, and system installation. Topics include National Electric Code [NEC], electrical specifications, photovoltaic system components, array design and power integration requirements that combine to form a unified structure. upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of various photovoltaic designs and proper installation of NEC compliant solar electric power systems.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

ET 255 - Hydro, Wind, and Bioenergy Assessment

Units: 3

Overview of the historical and current role of wind, hydro-electric, and bioenergy power technologies globally and the direction of each sector's evolution for the future particularly in the USA. The course emphasizes the technology behind power generation for wind, hydro, and bioenergy sectors. Students will evaluate policy and permitting issues and, consequently, determine if a site is appropriate for implementation of either or all of these technologies.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

ES 300 - Energy and Environment

Units: 3

This course explores relationships between humans, energy, and the environment with interdisciplinary context. Themes include environmental impacts of energy production, distribution and use with discussion of new technologies. Half of the course content is from subject lectures and half from self-selected student projects. Student projects emphasize analytical approaches to solving environmental problems, and enhance skills in writing, seminars, and team work.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall and Spring

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 20, 2019
SpringJanuary 2, 2020
SummerJune 21, 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Nichols

Certificate Coordinator

College of Natural Resources

919.513.4832
elizabeth_nichols@ncsu.edu