Solar Energy Technology

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Why Solar Energy Technology?

Our Solar Energy Technology (SET) program offers many challenges and rewards for technical minded students who want to develop a career in the “Green” field of renewable energy.

This program provides academic instruction and hands on experience in the areas of solar photovoltaic electrical energy production and solar thermal for domestic hot water and space heating and cooling.

The SET program builds upon a solid foundation in residential and commercial electricity (res/comm electric) and heating, ventilation and air conditioning / refrigeration (HVAC/R).

The teaching philosophy in the SET program follows the model of an engineering design/build systems integrator. Students go through the engineering process of following a sales lead on a solar project, preparing a proposal, designing a system, specifying the system components, building and finally commissioning the system.

Projects that have been built in the SET program include a solar powered holiday light display featured in Parkersburg’s City Park and Solar Thermal Trainers used the solar thermal classes as demonstration and teaching tools.

Why SET at WVU Parkersburg?

The Solar Energy Technology program at WVU-Parkersburg offers a number of unique opportunities for technically minded students with strong background in math and physical science. These include:

  • A career ladder that begins with a 2-year Associates of Applied Science degree and progresses to a Bachelors of Applied Technology in Management
  • Academic training and “hands on” experience in an engineering setting
  • Local training for jobs available all over the country
  • Affordable tuition – the SET program qualifies for the Ohio Residents Affordable Tuition program offering significantly reduced tuition costs for State of Ohio residents
  • Graduates of this program are prepared and qualified to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry level solar exam

Programs Offered

Solar Energy Technology – AAS pdf

Careers

Career positions include solar system sales, system designer, system installer, solar systems maintenance as well as solar system educator.  Potential employers include electrical contractors, HVAC contractors, plumbing contractors, solar design/build firms and commercial building facilities management.  Annual salaries can range between $26,250 and $57,980 according to the34 Bureau of Labor Statistics.