Community Colleges in Northern California

Many community colleges provide affordable opportunities to learn employable skills in the solar industry. A partial list of colleges, curricula and contacts follows.

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City College of San Francisco

Solar Electric & Heating Training

Contact: Max Parsley


College of San Mateo

Renewable Energy

Contact: Irma Betancourt


DeAnza College

Energy Systems Training (Science Learning Institute)

Contact: Bill Roeder


Diablo Valley College

Energy Systems Program

Contact John W. Henry


Foothill College

Environmental Studies Department

Energy Management and Building Science Program Overview

Contact: Peter Murray




San Jose City College

Solar & Renewable Energy


Skyline College

Solar Energy Technology

Contact via website: Environmental Science Faculty


Extension Courses

University of California, Davis

Extension Courses in Land Use and Natural Resources

Contact: Call (800) 752-0881 or fill out this form



Professional Courses


Pacific Energy Center

Free Training Provided by PG&E

Contact: Pete Shoemaker



Workforce Training

These programs are usually grant-funded and can provide very low cost training for people who qualify. 




Master's Programs in Renewable Energy


Humboldt State University

Energy Technology and Policy (ETaP)




Online Courses and Certifications

Solar Living Institute

Online Solar Training