Renewable Energies

Program Overview:

Programs Of Study Sheet

The Construction Development-Electricity & Energy pathway covers construction core and electrical technologies in conjunction with current issues and policy in all areas of construction with a focus on renewable energy production. Along with the electrical trade; green technologies, environmental impacts, and questions of ethics are integral parts of the program of study. In this way, the focus is solidly STSE (exploring the relationship between Science, Technology, Society, and Energy).

Renewable Energies supports courses from within the curriculum (see Step 2D) and will provide avenues in which students are able to integrate these objectives into the following proposed courses:

  • Foundations of Renewable Energies/ Green Technology
  • Wind Energy Technology
  • Solar Energy Technology
  • Advanced Solar and Wind Energy Generation
  • OPTIONAL- Field Experience or Civic Engagement Activity – Capstone Project (action-research, civic engagement, or employee development focused.)

Students are expected to:

  1. Apply Construction core competencies to the construction and maintenance of the renewable energy technologies.
  2. Define and apply electric theories and principles to industry with a focus on renewable energy.
  3. Investigate and analyze energy production of renewable energy technologies using electrical principles to support their analysis.
  4. Investigate and analyze energy conservation measures (ECMs) and energy efficient / Renewable energy technologies and make recommendations in simulated and authentic scenarios.
  5. Apply scientific and social science principles to analyze and interpret the feasibility and impacts of proposed renewable energy technology measures.
  6. Examine sustainability principles and passive design as a system with renewable energy technologies.
  7. Practice safety precautions in laboratory and authentic activities in compliance with local, regional, and national regulations and best practices.
  8. Perform baseline measurements using utility data, weather data, modeling software, and spreadsheets and make recommendations for ECMs.

Enrollment in the program is limited. Students are accepted to STEM Academy programs through a competitive application process in the spring of their 8th grade school year.

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Advanced Solar and Wind Energy Generation

Students will receive advanced instruction in the concepts of Solar PV and Small Wind systems and their components, along with general sizing and electrical/mechanical design requirements. The students will cover advanced electrical theory as well as the applicable NEC. This course also provides an overview of performance analysis and troubleshooting. Students will develop energy analysis skills to improve energy efficiency and application of renewable energy system. They will evaluate and recommend energy solutions with greater efficiency and lower environmental impact with the added benefit of energy cost savings. This course builds upon the previous course in preparation for nationally recognized certifications. Successful completion of this course will prepare trainees for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Examination. Students will also be prepared for ETA solar and wind level 1 installer certification exam.

Renewable Energies Field Experience (optional)

This is an elective course where students either engage in an authentic field experience or a civic engagement activity. This capstone project may take place as a graduating class or in a smaller work groups. The foundation of the capstone project will be laid throughout all of the program courses.

In this experience, students follow one of two tracks

  • Field Experience – Partnering with a local builder or renewable technologist/engineer, students play both observational and active roles in a project site analysis, design, and completion (e.g, commissioning of a solar PV array).
  • Civic Engagement Activity – Partnering with District, Campus, or community representative(s) to identify and carry out an energy conservation or energy efficiency measure with quantifiable and justifiable savings (environmental/health and/or monetary).
Renewable Energies/Green Technology

Students will receive fundamental instruction in the green environment, green construction practices, and green building rating systems(LEED). Presented in easy to understand terms and illustrations. Your role in the green environment will better equip learners tot make decision regarding their personal impacts on the environment and will make them more aware of how to lessen their impacts in the building environment. This course also provides an overview of the materials and techniques used in construction building along with the selection and installation of products used to reduce thermal loss. basic knowledge of HVAC ducts and duct systems as well as pipes and piping systems are introduced. The building science knowledge and specialized techniques learned from this program will provide students with the skills necessary to perform students with the skills necessary to perform audits and weatherization installations. Students will learn the basic elements to help them comprehend the building industry. These elements include but are not limited to such topics as basic safety, introduction to construction math, introduction to hand and power tools. Industry standards assessments will be given to earn safety certifications.

Solar Thermal

Students will receive fundamental instruction in the basic concepts of PV systems and their components along with general sizing and electrical/mechanical design requirements, installation and monitoring. Basic solar theory will be introduced. Topics of study include but are not limited to site assessment, system designs, installation, inspection, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Students will also receive fundamental instruction in the basic concepts of solar thermal systems, their components, installation and maintenance practices.

Wind Energy

Students will be introduced to wind energy systems. This will be both a classroom and hands-on approach. Key content includes: Introduction to Wind Energy, Introduction to Wind Turbine Safety, Climbing Wind Towers, Introduction to Electrical Circuits, Electrical Theory, Electrical Test Equipment, Electrical Wiring, Alternating Current and Three Phase Systems, Circuit Breakers and Fuses, Switching Devices, Power Distribution Systems, Fasteners and Lubrication. Students will learn the basic elements to help them comprehend the building industry. These elements include but are not limited to such topics as basic safety, introduction to construction, introduction to blueprints, basic rigging, and basic communication and employability skills.


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