Renewable Energy Technologies
About the Program
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Applied Technology with a major in Renewable Energy Technology will prepare graduates with the applicable principles and knowledge of solar, wind, and hydropower energy technology and instill a broader understanding of the scientific, economic and political context of the industry. Calhoun Community College was recently awarded over $3.4 million from the U.S. Department of Labor in order to train students and workers to meet the needs of the rapidly emerging green energy workforce. Students in the Renewable Energy program will learn and train in the brand new, state of the art Alabama Center for Excellence in Clean Energy Technology (ACECET) facility on the Calhoun campus, and will leave Calhoun prepared to excel in this rapidly expanding industry.
Currently, only 1% of electricity used in America comes from renewable energy sources. In 2010, President Obama initiated the New Energy for America plan which calls for the percentage to jump to 10 percent by 2012, and up to 25 percent by 2025. In addition, Fannie Mae, the government-backed company that sets lending standards for mortgages, said that by this summer it would unveil major incentives for homeowners who use part of their mortgages for energy-related improvements. The enormous growth in the renewable energy industry has created an equally large demand for trained workers. Through the ACECET program, Calhoun will be the first accredited training center for renewable energy technology in Alabama, and will serve as the state’s launching pad for renewable energy professionals.