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Renewable Energy
(This program is divided into two areas: Solar Photo Voltaic, Solar Therma)

Solar Photovoltaic: Photovoltaic (PV) cells, also known as solar cells, produce electricity directly from sunlight. When a PV cell is exposed to the sun, the cell, which is made of semiconductor materials, absorbs a portion of the light that strikes it. PV cells can be hooked together to meet many different types of electricity requirements, from pumping water to operating calculators and watches, and lighting homes and communities. PV has traditionally been used in locations where it is expensive or impossible to send electricity through power lines. An increasing number of utility companies are experimenting with using PV to fill their small or more expensive power needs. Some homeowners and commercial building owners are integrating PV systems into their building designs to offset utility power demand and improve power reliability.

job titles: Solar technician is the most commonly used job title for this area.

salary: Starting pay can range from $17 to $21 per hour to upwards to $30-$35 per hour with several years experience.

job requirements: A Solar Technician will need to perform troubleshooting, repair, maintenance and maximization of equipment and facility efficiencies; perform mechanical, electrical and controls troubleshooting. Develop and maintain strong professional relationships with customers and co-workers, support cost improvement goals and initiatives. Must have ability to read diagrams and drawings, requires strong attention to detail and ability to organize, prioritize  and handle multiple tasks; demonstrated good verbal and written communication skills and strong customer service and interpersonal skills required. (continued)

Contact bill.mcgreevy@rrcc.edu for more information.

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