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Certified Renewable Energy Professional Preparatory Training Program (REP) - Online Seminar

Certified Renewable Energy Professional Preparatory Training Program (REP) - Online Seminar
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NOTE: Seminar fees listed are per person for a single audio and video connection for individual use, and may not be shared with other users. All participants must individually pre-register for the desired course in order to participate. If you would like pricing information on multiple registrations for the same seminar, please contact: Terese Lavallee, phone 770-925-9633, email:

Presented online in a series of four live 2½ hour time modules, this seminar is designed to provide the specific training and background needed by professionals preparing to sit for AEE's Renewable Energy Professional (REP) certification exam. The course agenda also includes updates on topics of current importance to all individuals involved in all types of renewable energy projects.

You can participate in the seminar from your office, home, or anywhere you have access to the internet and a phone. You'll have opportunities to interact with your instructor and colleagues in real time during the five live teleconferencing sessions.

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About the Seminar

This course earns 1 CEUs, 10 PDHs and 2 AEE Credits toward Re-certification.

Become a Certified Renewable Energy Professional (REP).
Here's your opportunity to take part in a focused, fast-paced instructional program, designed both to expand your knowledge in the field, and to serve as a preparatory vehicle for the examination required to achieve AEE's Renewable Energy Professional (REP) certification. (Optionally, you may also consider taking the 3 day Fundamentals of Renewable Energy live course, offered at several locations throughout the U.S. each year.)

This online training seminar will provide you with a comprehensive overview of alternative energy sources, applications, technologies and strategies, which when brought together, provide a foundation and means for meeting an organization's renewable energy and sustainability goals. The presentation will explore the various forms of low-carbon energy sources, as well as the environmental impacts of alternative energy. Your instructors will discuss the latest developments relating to wind power systems, solar thermal heating and photovoltaic generation, geothermal heating, and electrical production, bio-fuels, waste-to-energy systems, energy storage, fuel cells, and hydroelectric power among others. Economic issues, along with financial methodologies and incentives will also be considered. Specific areas covered in this program will include:

  • Assessments of the various forms of renewable energy
  • Case examples of renewable energy projects
  • An assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of renewable energy applications
  • Using renewable energy solutions in building applications
  • An eye opening look at new opportunities for using renewable energy
  • Strategies for making a business case for using renewables
  • Lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid

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Complete Your Certification Application & Register for an Exam

This program covers the full scope of subjects addressed on the AEE's certification exam. The exam can be taken at a remote testing center. For more about certification and testing, visit, then select the required certification and complete step 2 of the application process.

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Dates and Times

The following offering(s) of the Certified Renewable Energy Professional Preparatory Training Program Online Seminar are currently scheduled. The program consists of four 2½ hour teleconferencing sessions, for a total of 10 hours of instruction.

Beginning on May 14-17, 2018 with session times as follows:

Course Module
Times (Eastern time US)
Day 1
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 2
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 3
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 4
3:00 - 5:30 pm

Completion of all four modules is required to receive CEU and PDH Credit, and Course Certificate awarded by AEE.

Seminar Agenda

SESSION 1: 2½ hours

Introduction to Renewable Energy
• Sustainable development as a driver for using renewable energy
• Differences between alternative energy and renewable energy
• Renewable energy as a carbon reduction solution
• Importance of real world renewable energy applications
• The merging of local, state and federal programs

Environmental Impacts - a Driver for Using Renewable Energy
• Environmental policies and programs
• The environmental implications of renewable energy
• Global warming - A driver for increasing renewable energy resources
• The impact of Kyoto 1 and the hope of Kyoto 2

Renewable Energy and Carbon Reduction
• Sources of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions
• Linkages between renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions
• The importance of reducing carbon emissions and defining CO2 as a pollutant
• Successful carbon reduction policies
• Transitioning to a low carbon economy

• History of hydro-electric systems
• Large hydro systems
• Micro-turbine technologies
• Ocean generation systems
• River and stream current generation

SESSION 2: 2½ hours

Renewable Energy Strategies for Buildings
• Using renewable energy for green construction
• Site solutions to optimize renewable energy potential
• LEED and Energy Star buildings
• Integrating multiple technologies in buildings
• Net zero energy and net-positive energy construction

Solar Energy
• History of solar energy
• Hot water heating (domestic hot water and pool heating)
• Solar heating and air conditioning
• Solar electric generation

Geothermal Energy
• History of geothermal energy
• Types of geothermal energy resources and development approaches
• Geothermal electrical generation
• Earth tubes applications for low temperature heating and dehumidification
• Geothermal heat pump applications

Biomass and Waste-to-Energy Systems
• Wastes as an energy source
• Waste fuels and their uses
• Biomass energy and biological mechanical treatment (BMT)
• Landfill gas and gas turbines
• Plasma-arc gasification

SESSION 3: 2½ hours

Wind Energy
• History and utilization of wind energy systems
• Geographic distribution of wind energy sources
• Design considerations such as intermittency and penetration limits
• Small scale wind turbine generation (WTG) systems
• Onshore and offshore wind energy technologies
• Economics and feasibility of wind power projects

Fuel Cells - An Example of Hydrogen Applications
• History of fuel cells and how they work
• Fuel cell designs (proton exchange, oxygen-ion, proton- membrane)
• Applications of fuel cell technologies

Hybrid Systems & Creative Energy Storage Applications
• Combining renewable energy applications
• Solar and wind power combinations
• Pumped-storage, wind generated hydroelectricity
• Water and ice storage
• Battery storage (including rechargeable systems such as flow batteries)
• Grid storage and intermittent power for demand response
• Combining energy storage systems with renewable energy generation

SESSION 4: 2½ hours

Transportation Systems & Renewable Fuels
• Alternative and renewable fuel technologies for transportation systems
• Local planning approaches and solutions
• Clean Cities Program
• Using synthetic hydrocarbon fuels
• Bio-fuels (ethanol, algae oils, etc.)
• Hydrogen fuels

Governmental Renewable Energy Initiatives
• Local and state governmental policies
• Federal and international initiatives
• Public and private sector partnerships
• Incentive programs (tax credits, ARRA funds, EPACT)

Financial Approaches and Incentives for Renewable Energy Projects
• Economics and financial solutions
• Valuing cost and benefits using energy analysis techniques
• Alternative financing mechanisms
• Utility rebate and grant programs
• Performance contracting

Renewable Energy and Carbon-Neutral Applications
• White tags and green tags
• Carbon trading and cap-and-trade programs
• Carbon neutral construction
• Carbon sequestration
• Governmental carbon reduction policies and programs

Resources and the REP Exam
• Standards and guidelines
• On-line resources
• Technical references
• REP exam review


Your Realtime Program Instructors

STEPHEN A. ROOSA, Ph.D., is president and CEO of a property development and management company located in Louisville, KY. He has over 25 years’ experience in commercial energy management and performance contracting. He is considered internationally to be an expert in energy conservation, energy management, renewables and urban sustainability. Past experience includes energy studies and projects for over 3,500 buildings. Dr. Roosa is a Certified Sustainable Development Professional, Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional, a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, a Certified Energy Monitoring and Control System Designer, a Certified Demand Side Management Specialist, a Certified Building Energy Management Professional, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He holds a Ph.D. in Planning and Urban Development an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Architecture. He is a past president of the AEE and has been inducted into the AEE Energy Manager's Hall of Fame.

JOHN WHITNEY, AIA is a registered architect with over 25 years experience in all aspects of project development, design, management, and construction. As co- founder and president of Taylor-Whitney Architects, his significant focus was on higher education clients and sustainable design. Mr. Whitney's passion for renewable energy led him to found the Clean Energy Action Project in 2010 as a forum for consulting services including master planning, feasibility studies, and research in the area of cleantech and renewable energy. Recent projects include development and coordination of the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) "Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database" and work with designWorks on the current Murray State University Master Plan.

Course Materials and Advance Preparations

The seminar fee covers registration for all five two-hour program modules, seminar workbook (downloadable PDF format), course certificate, and teleconferencing services, including domestic phone charges. (International calls will have non-tollfree access.) Payment in full must be received prior to the start date of the seminar.

You will receive instructions, personal support, and a chance to test your teleconferencing connection in advance of the first session.

Enrollment in this realtime online seminar will be limited to 40 participants to ensure that each student has ample opportunity for interaction with instructors and other participants.