Arkansas’ first solar degree program begins this spring at UA Hope-Texarkana | Texarkana today

Jennifer Teresa, Dean of Technical and Industrial Programs; Laura Clark, Vice Chancellor of the Academy; And Don Hollande, a solar technology instructor at the construction site of the Solar Technology Lab on the UA Hope Campus.

Earlier this year, the University of Arkansas’ Hope-Tikrakana (UAHT) received permission from the University of Arkansas University Board of Trustees to integrate a megawatt solar negotiation and solar education laboratory into the Hope Campus. Solar Technology. The Solar Energy Student Laboratory is currently under construction, and the certification program will begin this spring at the U.S. Hope Campus. There are no such programs in Arkansas, and the nearest program is in Austin, Texas.

The Nine Credit-Hour Certificate of Competence is sourced from Solar Energy International (SEI), a leading global provider of solar energy technology curriculum and laboratory training. Using the SEI curriculum, UAHT will be a certified training provider for the North American Certified Energy Professionals Board (NABCEP). NABCEP is a highly respected, well-established and widely accredited certification body for professionals in the field of renewable energy. This certification provides the necessary training to install, build, maintain and operate solar power systems. The certificate is designed as part of a process to complete the UAHT Partnership in Energy Technologies.

Certificate courses for Solar Technology include:
Photovoltaic (PV) systems
Solar Electric Design
Installation Laboratory

Since 2009, UAHT has been working with SWEPCO on a Turkish power plant for more than a decade. The college created the state’s first Power Plant Technology program, offering a number of approaches to power plant operation and maintenance. A.D. In 2018, UAHT will upgrade its curriculum to completely switch from coal to all forms of energy, including renewable energy. “UAHT has truly invested in becoming a leader in renewable energy education and providing opportunities for job growth, economic development and the promotion of our state,” said Academic Vice Chancellor Laura Clark. “Renewable energy, such as the sun, is expected to grow exponentially over the next several years, and we look forward to providing this program with future Arkansas manpower needs.”

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