Houston Community College plans solar energy training program

Starting next month Houston Community College will  offer a  16-week training course in solar panel placement, installation and trouble-shooting.

The solar energy certificate program begins Aug. 26 at the  central campus , the college system said this week.

“We’ve created this program because sustainable energy is our future, and we want to train new technicians for the new jobs being created in the sustainable-energy field,” said Paul Quinn, the college system’s associate dean of instructional support.

He said the program will be the only one in the area certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

“Our students will come out with an understanding of where to put solar panels, how much sunlight is needed to power them, the difference of tying them to an electrical grid or using them as stand-alone energy sources,” Quinn said in a news release announcing the program.