The Clean Energy Technology and Entrepreneurship program prepares graduates with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for careers in firms that manage, design, build, market or operate clean energy technologies in the built environment. The program focuses on clean energy technologies and practices that can achieve (or approach) “Net Zero Energy” in buildings.
When can I start?
Students can begin the program throughout the academic year in either Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
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What is Net Zero Energy?
Net Zero Energy is a set of practices and technologies that when used together, can create a building or group of buildings, that uses no more energy than it generates in a year. This is done by designing, building, and operating exemplary buildings that meet user needs - but that sip energy. To achieve net zero, the building includes a renewable energy system located on site – in many cases it is a solar photovoltaic system. Learn more about Net Zero Energy.
Even if a building (or group of buildings) does not achieve Net Zero Energy, the practices and technologies are tested, scalable, and economically viable. The fundamentals are also applicable to any building - existing or new.
Clean Energy Technology and the Built Environment
In the US and developed world, buildings consume almost half of the energy, and about 75% of the electricity generated. This in turn represents about 50% of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by the global economy. Therefore, making the building stock perform better has immense implications for climate change, carbon dioxide emission reduction, and energy security for the region, the US, and the world.
Clean Energy Technology and Global Issues
According to the United Nations, 1.6 billion people are without access to electricity. Another 1 billion don't have access to reliable electricity. Clean Energy Technologies like Solar PV are a way to make an impact worldwide. Although our program focuses on the developed world, all of the practices and technologies have direct application to this global need for social justice and economic security.
Clean Energy Technology and Sustainability Principles
When thinking formally about sustainability, it is often defined in the context of "the three E's of Sustainability".
- Economy: it must be sustainable economically
- Environment: it must help or not damage the environment
- Equity: it must not unfairly treat any particular group
We appreciate the continued support of our advisory board members. These companies provide opportunities such as internships, job shadows, and facility tours for our Clean Energy Technology students.