Posted by Jeff Edmondson
Adding a solar panel or a wind turbine to your home is a great way to cut your energy usage.
But its not as simple as a weekend project, it requires a certain skill set. In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at a Northland college which is providing an education in green technologies.
Tackling the task to cut your energy usage can be challenging and usually requires an expert. At the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College campuses they are creating experts in several green technologies.
"Here is an opportunity for an individual with very little or no skills to get an entry level position", said Charlie Glazman.
One of the classes offered at the Superior campus is about weatherization. After three courses the students will acquire a Weatherization Certificate, and their training here will allow them to construct and repair buildings with poor insulation. But this certificate is not the only program that they offer.
"We have started a renewable energy certificate in Ashland, and that's for people who will be working with the photovoltaic industry or the solar panels and also the wind energy as well", said Ted May.
This certificate became available for this spring semester at the Ashland Campus. The education that the students get with wind energy allows them install and maintain a wind turbine.
"And then we have an introduction to photovoltaic systems and installation and maintaince of photovoltaic systems," said May.
Both the Renewable Energy and Weatherization certificate's goal is to get more people across the Northland trained to perform these tasks and to reduce the areas energy consumption as a whole. But if you're looking for a longer program, WITC has something in the works.
"The program that we are planning in Superior is Energy Efficiency Technician Program and that will be a full two year program", said May.
This program will educate students to investigate energy systems, consumption, and plan a energy efficiency program for buildings. And that is scheduled to start in Fall of 2010 at the Superior Campus. In Superior, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson. The Northlands NewsCenter.