Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

A Program on Technology, Policy and Finance for Renewable Energy Project Development

This course is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. Business professionals and students are keenly aware of the changing energy landscape. Many professionals want to know more about the renewable energy industry but find that available workshops on renewables are too technical or geared for the installer. The goal of the CREM program is not only to provide a sound foundation of how existing renewable energy technologies work, but also to have a firm grasp of policies and financial options so they can make informed decisions as a manager and businessperson in the renewable energy industry.

The 40-hour CREM program is part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. The 3-day PV Technical Sales course is a subset of CREM. It is designed for those who intend to concentrate on sales and marketing of residential PV systems.

CREM graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of how solar electric and solar thermal technologies work.
  • Describe renewable energy policy terminology.
  • Understand how federal, state and local policies, incentives and regulations can affect the health of the renewable energy industry.
  • Navigate the current financial landscape and assess different financial models
  • Get NABCEP Technical Sales education credits for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam (must meet other NABCEP requirements)

Don’t need the Certificate? You can take these short-courses housed under the CREM program.

Certifications and Continuing Education Credits:

  • Pathway to NABCEP Technical Sales Certification
  • Continuing education credits: AIA LUs, PDHs, CPA CEU, NC Bar Association CLE

Topics and Activities Include:

Technology

  • Basics of how solar technologies work
  • Technology applications and business considerations
  • Common technical issues
  • Future of the grid
  • Tour of systems

Policy

  • Overview of the renewable energy policy landscape
  • Definitions and how policy design impacts financial investments
  • Maximize the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) website

Finance

  • Overview of financing options for residential and commercial Systems
  • RECs, sRECs and Carbon Credits
  • Identifying revenue streams
  • Risk management and contract structuring

Additional topics for marketing, sales, and understanding the permitting process will likewise be offered.

Location:

The program is onsite and online. Participants are required to be present in Raleigh, North Carolina on the first two days and last day of class. A day-long class mid-course will be held in Raleigh and also be available online. The majority of the course topics will be a recorded 2-hour or less webinar that may be retrieved at a later time. This provides more flexibility to those who cannot attend the live online session.

Expectations and Outcomes:

Participants will be required to attend 90% of the class, pass the short quizzes and submit a group project and a 5-10 page document of their project to complete the program. Successful students receive a non-degree certificate from NC State University.

Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing education credits are available for registered architects, professional engineers and Certified Public Accountants.

Schedule:

March 2015.

See the tentative CREM Curriculum and Schedule 2015.

Registration Fee:

$1,998     $1,798  Register here.

Need to pay by installment? Pay the first of three here.

Don’t need the Certificate?

Register for these CREM classes individually:

3-Day PV Technical Sales

November 12 – 14, 2014. This 24-hour course focuses on residential scale solar. It covers the fundamentals of PV technology and trends, policy and modeling, and sales and marketing. $1,299.  $1, 149.00. Register for the full price, or pay in 3 installments of $385.

Credits: AIA, CLE

One-day Solar Business Basics

November 13, 2014. This day-long class covers and overview of federal and North Carolina policies, policies that drive global and domestic markets, solar financial modeling, and ownership structures using tax credits.  $399  $299 Registration will be up soon.

Credits: 8 AIA, 8 PDHs, 8 CPA, 3.5 CLE

Practical Aspects of Renewable Energy Project Development

TBA 2015. This half-day class review policy and contracts to help manage and assess risks of project development, and covers topics on contract structuring and documentation. $149

Credits: 3.5  AIA, 3.5 PDHs, 3.5 CPA, 3.5 CLE

For more information contact Lyra Rakusin  or 919.513.7769