Conestoga news

September 22, 2010 12:17 PM

Conestoga Partners with Solar Living Institute to Launch Energy Training Program

Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning has recently launched a customized, online program to meet the training needs for solar energy professionals working in the Canadian market.

The Solar PV Design and Installation eCourse was developed in partnership with California’s Solar Living Institute (SLI), one of the world’s leading providers of education and training programs for green technologies. Accredited by the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ), the course provides a solid foundation for a broad range of careers in the growing Photovoltaic industry.

Topics covered in the course include: PV Market, Applications & Advantages, Fundamentals of Electricity, PV System Design, Grid-tied & Off-grid Installation, Maintenance and Troubleshooting. Delivered in online format through Conestoga’s continuing education program, the course has been adapted to meet the needs of solar professionals working in the Canadian market.

"There is a huge need to train people everywhere for careers in green technologies," said Dr. Diane DePuydt, PhD, Director of SLI’s Online Program, "The collaborative model we have developed with Conestoga College can make this happen more quickly and at lower cost than traditional approaches. We look forward to developing this relationship."

Canada's Green Energy Act has accelerated demand for a trained local workforce with the requisite skills and training to design, install and maintain green infrastructure.

"We are excited about this opportunity to partner with SLI in delivering a quality educational experience in a flexible delivery format," said Dan Piedra, MSc, BEd, director of continuing education at Conestoga. "The approach we have taken will allow us to reach out to many individuals throughout the province of Ontario and beyond."

Registration is now open, with new course sections to be offered monthly. For more information, or to register, visit:

Additional courses and resources for the program are currently in development.

For more information:

Joyce Irving, Program Administrator, Continuing Education, Conestoga College ITAL, 519-748-5220, Ext. 2200

Diane Depuydt, PhD, Online Program Director, The Solar Living Institute, 707-472-2450