Fall 2011 courses will be starting soon at West Texas A&M University’s!
There will be two courses related to Renewable Energy this semester and three more Engineering Technology classes. The topics include Materials, fabric, metals, ceramics and individual study.
Both renewable courses will be offered online through WTAMU’s Continuing Education department. Ken Starcher will be teaching the renewable courses. Byungik Chang will be teaching the other ET classes. You must be registered with West Texas A&M University to sign up for these classes.
Classes begin AUGUST 29TH, 2010.
If you would be interested in taking these courses, please look at the following course summaries:
The 2011 Edition of our educational Mini-CDs are now for sale! They include:
Click the links above for more information on each CD. These CDs can be purchased through the WT Bookstore and are currently $25 plus $2 in shipping. For international rates, check out the Mini CD Pricing page on our web site. There are only 54 in stock (18 of each), so order now while supplies last!
If you would like to order a large CD (for Macintosh or for personal use), please contact us and we’ll gladly make one for you! As noted on the Prices page, they are $30 each.
Combo CDs are not available at this time. Trainer CDs have been discontinued for the time being.
Here is this week’s Renewable Energy News Round Up! This is a collection of new, important or offbeat renewable energy news we’ve found throughout the week.
Report: U.S. solar $6 billion industry in 2010
By Candice Lombari at CNET GreenTech
The U.S. solar market grew 67 percent from a $3.6 billion market in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year in Review,” a report released this month by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.
California installed the most photovoltaics last year, with 258.9 megawatts of direct current (MWdc), followed by New Jersey in second place with 137.1, and Nevada with 61.4. Others on the Top 10 list in order of greatest installations included Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.
Austin legislators push solar energy measures
Texas is the top-producing state for wind-generated electricity just 12 years after a legislative deal jump-started the industry.
The Legislature is now debating whether Texas should provide a similar subsidy for other renewable energy sources that, according to proponents, would kick-start solar, geothermal and biomass as job-producing industries. The goals also would be to diversify the state’s renewable energy base and help the environment.
PUC approves line route to transmit wind energy
The pace of wind energy transmission approvals for the Panhandle is building from a breeze to a gale with another route finalized and the last two moving along.
The Public Utility Commission approved a line route from near Lefors to the Panhandle area on Friday that could cost $62 million for about 40 miles of high-voltage transmission. That will put the cost of the three segments Cross Texas is building at more than $200 million, according to the company.
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Local News by Brandon Carpenter from The Ranger (Amarillo College’s student newspaper):
The renewable energy department has recieved a three-year grant of more than $800,00 from the National Science Foundation to develop a solar energy program.
Part of the money from the grant has been used to hire Arthur Schneider as a director of renewable energy technology and instrumentation technology.
“We are going into some unknowns, and we want to see what other programs are doing,” said Jack Stanley, chairman of the Sciences and Engineering Division.
“The grant will allow us to travel to Austin, Houston, places in New Mexico and Colorado to see the many different programs out there.”
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National News from International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development:
US President Barack Obama proposed on Valentine’s Day to boost funds for clean energy research and deployment in his 2012 budget by slashing subsidies for fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. The announcement comes at a time of great sensitivity on issues related to government support for clean energy, following the US launching of a WTO dispute against China’s support for wind power manufacturing and Japan’s WTO challenge against Canadian green energy subsidies (see Bridges Trade Biores, 24 January 2011 and 24 September 2010 respectively).
But despite these conflicts and resistance from lobby groups, Obama has maintained his focus on the importance of the industry, including clean energy technology among a few singled out as part of “our generation’s Sputnik moment” in his State of the Union address.
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