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Solar Installation EducationSouthern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership

The Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership is a cooperative effort to focus attention on southern Arizona's natural opportunities for putting solar power to work. It seeks to encourage the expansion of solar-based systems to reduce our reliance on sources of energy that generate greenhouse gases by identifying the benefits of using solar and educating others about solar opportunities to support our solar economy.
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Pima Community College Solar Installer Program

The Solar Installer certificate course offered through Pima Community College is designed for individuals with building trades experience.  The program provides Photovoltaic Installer preparation training for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Installer Certification exam and the Photovoltaic Installer Advanced Certification exam.  Complete this program by taking a combination of day, evening and weekend classes. Click here to learn more about the program

Central Arizona College PV Program

The photovoltaic program at Central Arizona College offers advanced photovoltaic energy and system installation training including safety basics, stand-alone PV system sizing, grid-tied system sizing, National Electric Code (NEC) compliant wire sizing, grounding of PV systems, site analysis and array mounting, and PV system commissioning, troubleshooting, maintenance and performance evaluation. Click here to learn more about the program.

Maricopa Community Colleges Green Builder: Solar Photovoltaic Installer Program

Maricopa Community Colleges GateWay provides a Green Builder: Solar Photovoltaic Installer Certificate program. Students are required to assist in the maintenance and cleaning of essential equipment, shop area and work site.

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National Renewable Energy Lab’s Education Programs 

The National Renewable Energy Lab’s (NREL) Education Programs capture student interest and promote science, mathematics, and technology through renewable energy education.  Students engaged in science and engineering activities will have education and career opportunities in these disciplines later in life.  

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Cactus Moon Education Modules - Classroom Curriculum

Cactus Moon Education offers a line of educational modules for elementary school-age students that explain and illustrate renewable energy technologies. Resources include PowerPoint presentations, teacher notes, and classroom posters to provide accurate and
understandable information regarding renewable energy resources and the technologies that can be employed to make use of them.

Click here to access Cactus Moon solar education modules.
Environmental Education Exchange

The Exchange was founded in the spring of 1991 in response to the growing demand for environmental education programs in schools K-12 nationwide. Here are links to a variety of programs the organization has developed and is working on to promote solar energy education.

TEP Bright Students: Conservation Generation 

The Bright Students: The Conservation Generation is an interactive program that teachers can use to help teach students about solar energy and energy efficiency. The program provides several activities and presentations as well as prizes for continued participation by students and prizes for teachers that have 85% of their students return the Pledge Cards given out in one of the activities.

SRP Powering Our Future 

Powering Our Future offers teachers a rich collection of interactive learning experiences that can help prepare students to address energy issues throughout their lives. The three modules (one for grades 4 to 6, one for 6 to 8, and one for High School) were developed with input from 70 classroom and district educators. The lessons address Arizona Department of Education academic standards in science and social studies as well as mathematics and language arts.

TEP Sunsite - Funsite:

EEE and TEP teamed up to create a fun, interactive website devoted to basic understanding of how solar energy works. In addition to the colorful animations and great facts, the Sunsite-Funsite also provides activities that can be used in the classroom and additional resources for teachers to create additional activities.

TEP / TUSD Tucson Solar Schools

Tucson Solar Schools is a great resource for middle school teachers. The program website contains lesson plans and resources specially prepared for the middle school audience that teachers can tap into when teaching about solar energy and energy efficiency.

Solar Guild Tucson The Solar Guild is a non-profit group made up of students, professionals, educators and community members interested in all forms of solar energy.  The group helps others learn about solar; bring together like-minded people to create dialogue among community members.
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Pima County Solar One Stop (520) 740-6463

The Solar One Stop is a multi-agency, collaborative effort led by Pima County and the City of Tucson, with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar America Communities Initiative. The goal of the program is to spread the news about affordable, quality, and efficient solar technologies for homes and businesses.
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Pima County Development Services
201 N. Stone, 1st Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM
(520) 740-6463