Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Assessment and Development

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The College of Natural Resources (CNR) is offering a 100% online Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Assessment and Development. This program will offer students and professionals the opportunity to develop recognized academic and industry credentials in the renewable energy industry by covering the technical, policy and financial aspects of renewable energy project development. This interdisciplinary approach allows individuals to gain a comprehensive understanding of renewables and be able to better incorporate their professional experience and expertise in the industry.

Currently, students not enrolled in a degree program at NCSU may be able to take these courses as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. CNR has created a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Assessment and Development (RED) that includes these four courses. Individuals who already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and want to update their skills or those who want to broaden their knowledge in the field may be interested in the Certificate Program.

Note: The courses offered here are part of the Master in Environmental Assessment. Individuals who are thinking of completing a master’s degree program but are not yet enrolled as a student may take these courses and, if qualified, may transfer these credits to a master’s degree.


In order to obtain the certificate, individuals are required to complete twelve (12) credit hours of coursework. Students can proceed at their own pace and may register for a maximum of six (6) credit hours per semester.

Students must complete four courses to earn their Certificate in Renewable Energy Development. Take note that these courses may be offered as 500 level Special Topics under “EA” while the graduate certificate status is pending. Search by the title of the course.

EA 520 Renewable Energy Policy and Economics. This course will cover local, utility, state and federal policy and incentives that foster RE implementation. It will also go over basic finance and economics principles to build a project model to show how these policies affect the economics of a project. At the end of the course, students will create a presentation for a potential renewable energy project investor. Fall

EA 521 Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Site Assessment. This course will cover solar site assessment, wind assessment, and bioenergy with required exercises using current industry tools to assess the viability of the resource. At the end of the course, students will be designing two systems to offset their energy consumption. Spring

EA 522 PV Design and Installation. This course will cover design considerations such as load analysis, system sizing, wiring, etc. It prepares students to sit for NABCEP Entry-Level Exam. At the end of the course, students will be exploring ways in creating a system proposal for a client. Fall

EA 523 Assessment of Renewable Energy Storage Systems. Listed formerly as Solar Site Maintenance and Storage, this course will cover history, types, trends and the design of energy storage systems. It will then proceed to cover best practices for operations and maintenance (O&M)of renewable energy systems, specifically solar PV. At the end of the course, students will be presenting an O&M plan for a solar + storage system they have designed for a client. Spring

Program Coordinator

Lyra Rakusin
Lecturer, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
North Carolina State University
Email: Lyra_Rakusin@sarah_sloverncsu-edu
WhatsApp: +1.919.624.3061