Below is a listing of the latest Courses & REV Events. For a full listing and to learn more please visit our blog.
SAVE THE DATE: 2014 IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition | Chicago — April 14-17, 2014 | Member registration & housing opens December 10th, 2013. Click here for more information.
The Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network and UVM Extension present this weekend:
DECEMBER 7, 2013 | VECAN: Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference. Our annual conference is largely tailored to grassroots energy committees and solutions-oriented, engaged Vermonters; More information can be found on our Facebook page/event page: click here or go to our website. Click here to find short summary about the day.
Courses & Trainings
University of Vermont | Biomass to Biofuels | August 26-December 4, 2013
Depleting fossil fuel reserves and adverse affects of fluctuating oil prices have renewed interest in alternative and sustainable sources of energy. The University of Vermont is actively involved in this area through research and instruction. Experts in following areas will provide hands-on instruction in various biofuels including: LIQUID BIOFUELS (transportation fuels; biodiesel from oil seeds and waste vegetable oil; bio-ethanol; algae-biofuel); SOLID BIOFUELS (woody biomass; grass energy); BIOGAS & BIO-ELECTRICITY (the farm-based energy); BIOHEAT (Heat capture from biomass, e.g. compost); and BIOFUELS RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL ISSUES. This course covers a wide-range of Biofuels related science & technology topics, background & literature, as well as important environmental, economic, social and other Biofuels related issues. Click here for more information.
Green Trainings | Vermont Technical College | Introduction to Solar PV | Various Dates
This five-day introductory course will prepare you to work at an entry level in the solar industry and will provide you with the knowledge to take the North American Board of Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam. The 40-hour program combines lecture and discussion, in-class and out-of-class exercises, and hands-on activities. Topics covered will include: PV markets and applications, safety basics, solar energy fundamentals, system components, system sizing and design. Click here for the course flyer.
Green Trainings | Vermont Technical College | Introduction to Solar Hot Water | Various Dates
The push for solar hot water systems is on! This two-day Introduction to Solar Hot Water workshop will give you a solid foundation, covering how solar hot water systems work, installation basics, and the equipment required. Course format will include both classroom training and applied learning. Here’s what will be covered: Basics of solar design, solar site analysis, and types of solar thermal systems; Understanding SRCC ratings, necessary system components, and common code concerns; storage tank and expansion tank sizing; roof and ground mounting approaches; system control options and intro to heating systems. Click here for more information.
HeatSpring Learning Institute | Solar Hot Water Design & Installation Training | Various Dates
Solar hot water (thermal) systems have been around for decades, but have never been as popular as they are today. Bob Ramlow is one of two ISPQ certified independent master trainers in the Solar Thermal industry. His book, ‘Solar Water Heating’, is recognized as a comprehensive design and installation manual and serves as our guide for preparing for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. This 40 hour course includes a text book, video lessons, reading assignments, quizzes, discussion, homework problems, and design software. It’s the most comprehensive course available for building professionals getting into solar.
HeatSpring Learning Institute | Solar PV Installer Bootcamp | Various Dates
This intensive solar training teaches you to design, install, and sell solar PV (electric) systems, plus helps you pass the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. The training combines 16 hours of online lessons including reading assignments, worksheets and other prep with a 3 day classroom based boot camp including hands-on exercises and face to face time with an ISPQ Certified Master Trainer. Completing this course qualifies students take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam. The blended format of this course is designed to keep time off-the-job to minimum, and present the material in a variety of formats to allow for a variety of student learning styles. This course can qualify an individual for provisional photovoltaic partnership with REV. Please contact REV for more information.
* Please note, HeatSpring Learning Institute hosts a number of Solar Hot Water, Solar Photovoltaic, and Geothermal courses. Click here to explore upcoming courses.
Building for Social Responsibility | Solar Hot Water Workshops
This two-day workshop trains building professionals in the art of solar hot water design and installation. Day 1 introduces domestic solar hot water systems, component details, design considerations, and installation. Day 2 focuses on solar space heating potential, advanced system components, software applications for the trade, economic paybacks and incentives. This course is designed for builders, plumbers, architects, and engineers interested in broadening their services to clients by offering solar hot water services. Sixteen AIA continuing credits available. REV approved solar thermal installer course. Click here to learn more…
REV Latest Events
- National Solar Testing Site Being Launched in Vermont
National Solar Testing Site Being Launched in Vermont By WILSON RING, Associated Press Monday, November 4, 2013 WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — A seven-acre field in Williston is being converted into an outdoor laboratory where scientists and engineers will study the effectiveness of solar panels when used in areas known for bad weather and long, cold winters, officials said Monday. Once [...]
- Activist DeChristopher Explores Ways to ‘Build a New World’
Source: The Burlington Free Press November 1, 2013 Written by Joel Banner Baird Free Press Staff Writer Activist DeChristopher explores ways to ‘build a new world’ Climate activist Tim DeChristopher explains his vision of how a commitment to bedrock principles can unleash creative effective and peaceful change. He didn’t look tired in the slightest, but last Monday afternoon, Tim DeChristopher [...]
- Alternative Energy Leaders Gather for Conference
October 29, 2013 from The Barre/Montpelier Times Argus by Wilson Ring, Associated Press SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont could create thousands of jobs if it used locally produced biomass to heat about 20 percent of the state’s homes and businesses using modern, energy efficient equipment, an official said Monday. “There is no reason why this state of Vermont should [...]
- Trade Group Calls for Big Build-Out of Renewable Energy
October 29, 2013, from VPR by John Dillon South Burlington – Renewable energy businesses are calling on Vermont to meet 20 percent of its energy needs in six years from sustainable energy sources. The goals include more solar and wind systems, plus a carbon tax to fund new investments in efficiency programs. Vermont now meets about 11 percent [...]
- Vermont Group Calls for Greener Power, Sooner
Renewable Energy Vermont calls for 20 percent clean power by 2020 October 29, 2013, from The Burlington Free Press by Joel Banner Baird SOUTH BURLINGTON — A new deadline looms large: Within seven years, Vermont must double its current commitment to renewable energy — or risk falling short of longer term goals, a trade group has declared. Renewable Energy Vermont announced [...]