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Where can you train to work with solar power?

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Two locations where students can learn about solar power are Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut. Online courses in solar technology are available from the USSolar Institute and Solar Energy International.

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Santa Fe Community College's Certificate in Solar Energy enables students to gain experience working with photovoltaic solar electric energy systems through designing, planning, installing and troubleshooting. The programs prepares students for careers as solar photovoltaic system installers, solar hot water system installers, solar software applications developers, solar system design engineers and solar construction project managers.

Gateway Community College's Solar Technology Certificate gives students theoretical instruction in, and operational skill practice with, photovoltaic, solar thermal and passive solar thermal systems. Students also study relevant math and computer science, federal and state laws on solar energy, economic factors and safety in the workplace.

Online Solar Fundamentals is an online program from the USSolar Institute, and it includes PV101: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and PV-201: PV Introduction to PV Design and Installation. Price and enrollment information is available on the institute's website. Solar Energy International's online offerings include solar workshops with streaming video lessons, online forums, chat rooms, readings and practical exercises. Instructors with expertise in solar energy are available for teaching and questions.

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