Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

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

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. If you wish to complete the Diploma Series, save 20% by registering for our Packaged Programs.

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Dates and Registration
Learning Objectives
Topics and Activities
Instructor Credentials
Credits and Certification Pathways
Expectation and Outcomes
Short Course: Solar Business Basics

Learning Objectives

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.

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Topics and Activities Include:


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


  • 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


  • 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.


Course Instructor Credentials:

Instructors in this course include:



Training Provider Credentials:

IREC ISPQ Training Program Accreditation

Course Hours Count Toward:

NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification-40
NABCEP Continuing Education PV Installer Re-Certification – 40
Professional Development Hours(PDH)- 40
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)- 15
CPA Continuing Professional Education (CPE)- 11.5




February 1 – March 9, 2018. Onsite dates: February 1, 2, and 16; March 9.

August 1 – September 7, 2018. Onsite dates: August 1, 2, and 17; September 7

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Please email Megan Cain at mdcain@ncsu.edu for more information.

Registration Fee:

$1,998 . You can pay in installments. Click on the aforementioned dates to register.

If you plan to complete your Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma, register for a package and save!



The program is onsite and online. Participants are required to be present in Raleigh, North Carolina for a total of four days. The rest of the course topics will be an online 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, present 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.


Don’t need the Certificate? Register for these CREM classes individually:

One-day Solar Business Basics

Fee: $449

Dates: February 16, 2018 and August 17, 2018 (Click to register)

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. $449

Credits: 8 PDHs, 8 CPA, 6.5 CLE

For more information contact Megan Cain at mdcain@ncsu.edu.