Archive for March 28th, 2013

NC Solar Center to offer accredited geothermal training course starting April 29th

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by shannon No Comments


If you haven’t heard, the Solar Center is now drilling for energy! In response to the need for more geothermal installer training, the NC Solar Center is offering a 40- hour International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited Installer course.  This week-long Geothermal course will be held on April 29 – May 3, 2013 in Raleigh, and is part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series.

This week-long workshop is designed for developers, architects, manufacturers, distributors, dealers, installers, HVAC contractors, trenching/drilling contractors, and anyone who desires a working knowledge of this innovative and rapidly growing technology. Representatives from public utilities, private utilities, and rural electric cooperatives can also benefit from training.  NC well contractors receive up to 40 CEU from the NC Well Contractors Certification Commission. Click here to register now!


NC State to offer free screening of energy documentary “Switch” – April 8th

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by shannon No Comments


The North Carolina State University Energy Council and Arcos Films will hold a FREE screening of Switch, a new award-winning documentary that moves past the politics to deliver the straight answers on energy on:


Monday, 4/8 – 7:00pm

North Carolina State University

Witherspoon Student Cinema


Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will gasoline prices continue to rise? Can we clean up coal? Can renewables really power our future?

Switch delivers straight answers to today’s most controversial energy questions, as energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government, industry and academia, then cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

“The Energy Council is pleased to present a showing of the movie, SWITCH,” said Dr. Bill Winner, chair of the university’s Energy Council, responsible for advocating for NC State’s diverse energy initiatives. “The movie, and our campus energy experts, explain the need for “Switching” to new and more sustainable ways to produce, distribute and use energy. Come and enjoy the film, and envision our new energy future.”

Those campus energy experts represent multiple energy-related programs including the Advanced Transportation Energy Center, the NC Solar Center, and a student from the environmental science department.  After the film, there will be an opportunity for open discussion.

Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy. This screening is part of over 250 universities across the country participating in the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program, which launched last fall at over 40 pilot schools with a student ambassador program, efficiency drive and screening of the film.