University at Buffalo

Renewable Energy: Fundamentals and Job Opportunities

Program Description

This course prepares you to recognize the complexities and nuances of different renewable energy solutions, as well as relevant career opportunities (both technical occupations and roles not typically associated with clean energy). Learners are immersed in discussions about green energy technologies, the impact of sustainability on society, energy consumption in the United States and conservation. Topics include: tenets of green building design and construction, solar energy conversion through photovoltaic cells, wind turbine site selection and design, and nanotechnology applications in clean energy. It references educational opportunities from the State University of New York (SUNY) system that correlate with each clean energy market segment.


  • Clean energy 101
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Nanotechnology
  • Sustainability
  • Green building

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Renewable Energy Technician
  • Solar Panel Installer
  • Wind Turbine Technician
  • Renewable Energy Consultant
  • Energy Efficiency Auditor
  • Biomass Plant Operator
  • Solar Energy System Designer
  • Wind Farm Developer
  • Sustainable Energy Project Manager
  • Green Building Consultant
    Renewable Energy Policy Analyst
  • Energy Storage Technician

Target audience


Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma

Expected Outcomes