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“While I have seen many such [renewable energy] programs in the US and Canada, I have seen none which compare to Morrisville’s. In terms of diversity of programs, quality of faculty and staff, depth of instruction and ‘passion,’ [MSC’s Renewable Energy program] is far ahead of the competition.”

Ross Taylor, IREC certified Training Manager, Southwest Windpower (now of Evoco Energy)

School of Agriculture, Sustainability, Business and Entrepreneurship

Dean: Christopher L. Nyberg
Phone: (315) 684-6083

Course Description

Solar/Geothermal Energy System

This course provides the student with a technical overview of the components of solar thermal and geothermal heating systems as well as solar photovoltaic electrical systems. Students will learn fundamentals of solar insolation and the impacts of seasonality, aspect, and latitude on solar resources. The course focuses on components and design of solar photovoltaic electricity generation and storage in both grid-tied and off-grid systems. Students will also learn the fundamentals of hot water systems, including solar thermal space heating and geothermal systems, including heat pumps. Combining solar thermal and geothermal energy systems will provide students with experience in hybrid renewable energy systems. Prerequisite: MATH 102, PHYS 107 3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

Admissions Requirements

The requirements for admission to this program are an S.A.T. score of at least 500 in math and 500 in critical reading. Additionally, incoming students will be required to have successfully completed two defined units of science and two defined units of math (three defined units of each is preferred).

The A.A.S. degree in Renewable Energy Technology will be a demanding curriculum for incoming students, as there are strong mathchemistryphysics, and electrical engineering components to the program. SAT scores, combined with math and science units, and their high school average will help to ensure that incoming students will be able to handle a rigorous curriculum.