NCSU Renewable Energy Assessment Program

REA logoWould you like to know how to assess sites and lands for appropriate renewable energy technologies? A 2012 futures study by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that:

“[R]enewable electricity generation from technologies that are commercially available today, in combination with a more flexible electric system, is more than adequate to supply 80% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050.”

This increase in renewable energy could lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, independence from foreign energy sources, and the generation of domestic jobs.

A workforce trained in the assessment of land, property, and buildings for sustainable energy use is necessary to achieve this.  This involves an education in the various forms of current technology & alternative energy including:

  • hydroelectric and microhydro
  • geothermal and geoexchange
  • biomass, biogas, and biofuels
  • solar photovoltaics & solar thermal
  • fuel cells
  • wind

Understanding how each of these technologies work isn’t enough.  In addition to a technical foundation in renewable energy production, this workforce needs to create solutions to specific energy problems and demonstrate the ability to design and implement cost-effective energy generation.  An understanding of energy policy is imperative to better assess sites for sustainable technology development and influence the large-scale adoption and evolution of renewable energy.

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Questions?  Please contact Richard Ebersohl.

This program is supported with funding from USDA NIFA Higher Education Grants and NC State University’s Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications.