Introduction to Green Collar Job
About the Learning Modules
This website was structured as a mini-course program with a short
series of course modules. Each course provides only the relevant knowledge
required without specialized details. For example you'll learn
how to put together a grid tied solar electric system, but you won't
learn how to make a solar panel from sand.
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There are no tests to take - yet. We are in the process of
developing an accredited test and credentialing program to provide
certification of future students.
Supply & Demand Summary
Clean Energy begins with demand; without demand we need no supply. In
our homes and buildings we take for granted that the invisible energy
will flow when as we flip the switch and pay no attention to it at
all. Whether its to power a light or an oven, or a television, or even
to cool down the room, we seldom think about the effect that switch
will have on the power meter – except maybe when we open the utility
Demand Management offers a broad range of opportunities and has been a
growing segment of the Clean Energy sector for over a quarter of a
century. 80% of all homes in America can reduce their utility bills by
over 20% with improved comfort. 75% of all commercial buildings can
reduce their utility bills by over 25% with no impact to production.
Demand Management is the low hanging fruit off the Clean Energy
segment as well as the low profile side.
Supply Management is the high profile segment of Clean Energy. Mention
“Green Energy” and mental images of wind turbines or solar panels come
to mind. Supply Management is more costly to implement yet has a
higher opportunity growth rate mostly due to the visibility and
convenience it offers the customer.
About the Green Collar Training Job Training - FREE Website
In 1989 8th grade Science Teacher George Baker enjoyed his summer
months playing golf and working around the house on new science
projects for his students. He noticed his power bills had
escalated significantly over the 5 years he lived in his home - at a
much faster rate of increase then the utility cost per kWh had
increased. Little did he realize that his "project" to reduce
his power bill would lead him down the path to building a multimillion
It began with checking the obvious appliances that consumed the
most power. He applied his scientific skills and researched
appliances, the relationship to building structure and energy
efficiency, and common causes of increasing home energy consumption.
In less then a week George identified sources that had increased his
power bill by over 1/3. This was George's first Home Energy
Audit and his list of updates was ready. Budgeting about $200 he
went down to the local building supply store, purchased the materials
and in less then a day installed the materials.
George spoke to a few his neighbors, they all shared the same
increasing costs. A couple asked him to help them "audit" their
own homes often with dinner in exchange, to which George agreed.
Everyone noticed the results in their next electric bill.
Word spread through George's neighborhood and George soon realized he
was on to something. The following summer George began to
take on Home Energy Auditing full time to see where it would take him;
by the end of the summer George decided to take a big step and quit
his job as a teacher and run his business full time.
Over the years George expanded his business at first offering Solar
Hot Water Heating systems, and later adding Solar Photo Voltaic (PV)
and then Wind Turbines electrical generation system sales and
In 2007 one of the construction firms that often contracted to George
made him a lucrative offer to buy his business and George retired.
George enjoyed his free time for sailing and golf, but soon found a
need for career fulfillment and began some consulting which led to
training for a major outplacement firm during the economic downturn.
The content of this website was developed from the
experience and knowledge that George acquired during his 18 years in
the renewable energy business with the intent that others can benefit
from Green Collar Job opportunities.