Renewable Energy Techniques (2020-2021)

About the Program

This program is designed to give students the skills and knowledge needed to effectively create, install and maintain functional renewable energy systems. Students are introduced to the different sectors of the renewable energy field. Both theoretical and practical applications in solar power, wind, solar thermal technologies and other forms of alternative energies will be explored.

For more information, please contact Tannis Gayler.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - May/2021 - Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Kitchener - Doon
Start: September and May
First-Year Capacity: 32 (September), 32 (May)

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2020-2021 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Renewable Energy Techniques (2020-2021) - Program # 1530

Doon - Spring 2021 Level 1 (Program Start: 2021-05-17)
Description Spring 2021
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75
Capital Development Fee $77.08
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $97.35
ONE Card Fee $12.75
eText Fee $526.00
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $20.10
CSI Advocacy Fee $0.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00
Locker Fee $0.00
Alumni Services $0.00
Student Spaces $0.00
Graduation fee $0.00
Academic Support Fee $0.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $0.00
Health and Wellness Fee $0.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $0.00
Career Services Fee $0.00
CSI Career Services Fee $0.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00
Student Services $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00
Session Total $2613.53
Year Total $2613.53

International Fees


Renewable Energy Techniques (2020-2021) - Program # 1530


Doon - Spring 2021 Level 1 (Program Start: 2021-05-17)
Description Spring 2021
International Program Tuition $6250.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75
Capital Development Fee $77.08
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $97.35
ISR $375.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75
eText Fee $526.00
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $20.10
CSI International Health Fee $165.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $0.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00
Locker Fee $0.00
Alumni Services $0.00
Student Spaces $0.00
Graduation fee $0.00
Academic Support Fee $0.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $0.00
Health and Wellness Fee $0.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $0.00
Career Services Fee $0.00
CSI Career Services Fee $0.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00
Student Services $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00
Session Total $8055.53
Year Total $8055.53

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will find employment in a number of areas related to renewable energy. Sample jobs would include: solar photovoltaic designer and installer, solar thermal designer and installer, sustainable living/green building consultant, sales and/or marketing of renewable energy equipment and products, wind and solar farm installation, maintenance, and repair.

On average, 88% of graduates from the last three years (2017 to 2019) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1530)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMP1927 Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel

Description: This course introduces students to the computer skills required for success in school and the workplace. Students will learn the basics of Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel. Students will practice using Microsoft Office applications to create and modify educational and workplace documents.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
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DRWG1355 Introduction to AutoCAD

Description: This introductory course is designed for the person who has limited or no experience with the CAD system and a minimal technical background. This course is designed to present the new user with the basic tools and skills necessary to function in AutoCAD. Participants will focus on basic drawing, editing, viewing and storage. Topics also include an introduction to the concept of layers, basic dimensioning and adding text.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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ERGY1000 Photovoltaic Grid Design: Residential and Small Commercial

Description: Through a series of lectures and labs, this course will introduce the students to the design and installation concepts of a PV System as applied to residential and small commercial installations. Students will be introduced to solar insulation characteristics; PV panel theory, construction and performance; site analysis; battery types, PV charge control types; electrical integration; utility tied regulations installation and safety; and an introduction to national and international incentive programs.
Hours: 70
Credits: 4
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ERGY1010 Energy Storage and Management

Description: Through a series of lectures and labs, this course will introduce students to the different types of energy storage systems in the context of energy management systems. Students will explore different types of energy storage technologies with a focus on lead acid and lithium ion batteries, and explain how to incorporate them into energy management systems. Students will use RETScreen to create models and better understand the supply/demand relationship of energy.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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MATH1640 Mathematics for Technical Applications

Description: This course when successfully completed will provide an understanding of terminology, basic concepts and applications of fractions, ratio, proportion, percent, unit conversion, pre-algebra and basic algebra as related to trade problems and construction layout. The fundaments of SI will be discussed to assist students in developing a functional knowledge of the metric system. Students will be required to perform occupational calculations in the imperial and metric systems and to solve technical problems pertaining to trade problems and construction layout.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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TECH1300 Energy and Electricity Fundamentals

Description: Students are introduced to the theory relating to different types of energy. Students will compare regional uses of energy, describe energy conservation and energy efficiency and explain the importance of renewable energy. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of electrical concepts including types of circuits and current.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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TECH1430 Building Green

Description: Students explore many facets of green building in the construction industry from a contractor`s perspective. Students will gain knowledge to assist in the bid, procurement, build, and close out phases of green building projects. Renewable and non-renewable energy sources, project delivery methods, Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), and various ratings systems such as LEED, Green Globes, Net Zero Energy etc. with emphasis on new construction are addressed.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Level 2
CDEV1830 Career Success

Description: This course focuses on the skills needed to conduct a successful job search. Students will explore the labour market and identify trends that may impact their future careers. They will develop skills for an effective job search including networking, self-marketing documents and tools as well as interview skills. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will develop a personalized job search plan to support their future careers.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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ERGY1020 Renewable Business Market: Current trends,policies and strategies

Description: The renewable energy sector is among the fastest growing industries around the world, and provides lots of opportunities for small business and entrepreneurship. In this course, students will explore current news, trends, and the policy cycle, and explain how they impact the renewable energy industry. Students will also learn the basics and strategies for success in the industry, both as an entrepreneur, and as a prospective employee of an established company.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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ERGY1030 Hydro, Fuel Cell and Biofuel Renewable Energy Concepts and Practices

Description: This course is intended to introduce students to the theory of hydro including micro-hydro, biofuel and fuel cell technologies. Students will explore both theoretical and practical applications of hydro, biofuel and fuel cell systems. Students will learn the necessary calculations to size hydro, biofuel and fuel cell system.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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ERGY1040 Micro-Grid and Energy Storage

Description: Through a series of lecture and labs, this course will introduce the students to the design and installation concepts of microgrid systems, utilizing small scale wind and photovoltaic systems. Students will be introduced to site analysis for off-grid systems, electrical load calculations, battery calculations, PV and battery sizing and wind and generator integration and options.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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ERGY1050 Grounding and Installation

Description: Through a series of lectures and labs, this course will introduce the students to the installation concepts of residential and small commercial PV and wind systems and the grounding of those systems. Students will be able to compare different types of roofs, and installation methods, and perform site assessments to determine constructability. Students will get hands-on experience with various installation methods of PV systems, and perform calculations and connections to ensure adequate grounding.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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ERGY1060 Renewable Thermal Technology

Description: Through a series of lectures and labs, this course will provide students with the background knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to install a residential solar hot water system, as well as introduce students the theory involved with other thermal technologies, including heat pumps, geothermal, and solar walls. Topics covered include: types of collectors, types of systems, roof top installation methods, collector piping, storage, pumping, commissioning, and controls.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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OHS1430 Safety and Working at Heights

Description: This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding of various safety-related topics pertinent to construction and industrial environments, including work around lifting operations and working at heights. Students will also be introduced to lifting and moving loads in a controlled and safe manner. This course will also provide students with the basic knowledge required to work safely in areas exposed to fall hazards. A review of legislative requirements, due diligence, WHMIS, occupational health and safety requirements will also be discussed. The student will also address the purpose, and basic concepts in the operation of Elevating (Aerial) Work Platforms (AWP).
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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Program Outcomes

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