College Courses Tackle RE Project Analysis

The Ottawa, Canada-based Willis College of Business and Technology has now added a distance training format to their series of series of courses on clean and renewable energy project analysis. Willis College had initially launched its first renewable energy courses in early 2004, in partnership with GPEKS Constructions Inc. Rima Aristocrat, President & CEO of Willis College said they are the only private college in the world to offer a course specifically devoted to the economic analysis and project feasibility of renewable energy developments. The course is now being given as either a three-hour evening course over a college semester at the Ottawa downtown campus of Willis College, or as a distance learning course. The training is aimed at professionals who need to get enough understanding of various renewable energy technologies to be able to perform or manage renewable energy project preliminary feasibility studies. Their renewable energy certification program is also listed in the RETScreen International Results and Impacts 1996-2012 issue. To date, the RETScreen software and related tools has been used by about 41,000 users in 196 countries, according to Frederic Pouyot, Director of the clean energy department at Willis College. The college is also working on developing a new custom course for municipalities in Canada, and will be promoting a two week intensive workshop to its educational partners in China during its visit to that country scheduled for late February. China recently passed its Renewable Energy Law, which is expected to increase the country’s clean energy capacity to 10 percent by 2020.

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