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Solar Energy Technology


Solar energy technology programs prepare people to help engineers and others who design and build solar-powered systems.

Students learn how energy is stored and transferred. They also learn to inspect and maintain solar energy systems.

Solar energy technology programs include topics such as:


Several community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in solar energy technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in solar energy technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in solar energy technology. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

To work as a technician in photovoltaics research, you should study subjects such as the following:

To work as a technician in the installation and maintenance of solar heating, you should study subjects such as the following:

Things to Know

If your school does not have a solar energy technology program, a program in one of the engineering fields or technologies, such as electrical or chemical, is a good place to start. At some colleges you can take a course in solar power as part of such a program. If no such course is offered, you may be able to find one at another college, or as a workshop offered by an alternative-energy organization. Some of the institutes doing solar-power research offer internships that allow you to learn as you work as a research assistant.

Engineering teams are working on solar solutions at universities and at government research labs. As a technician, you can be a member of such a team.

Solar energy technology is being used in homes and commercial settings, and technicians are needed to install and maintain it.


King-Snohomish Area

Shoreline Community College