Sustainable Energy Systems and Entrepreneurial Endeavors
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This program is a hands-on learning program intended for students interested in environmentally and socially sustainable enterprises in the alternative energy sectors and the physics and chemistry of renewable energy systems. We will cover some theory in the classroom and spend most of our time in labs as we learn about renewable energy systems and strategic and business plans. We will utilize various business planning, accounting, tax and web development software applications as well as scientific instruments and applications.
We will explore the basic physical principles of power and energy, with a focus on the transformations of energy most relevant to electricity generation, transportation, and building heating and cooling. Solar photo voltaic and solar thermal systems, wind power, and hydroelectric will be covered in the greatest depth given their greater suitability for small-scale entrepreneurial endeavors, but all of these will be put in the context of the overall national and regional energy systems. Implementing alternative energy systems requires some basic familiarity with thermodynamics, electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction, optics, and mechanics. We will engage in a hands-on study of these topics, with a strong focus on applications, through laboratory exercises.
We will also learn hands on how to formulate a competitive business model and solid strategic plan, incorporating business aspects such as marketing, accounting, human resources, and strategic planning. We will explore internet marketing methods and learn how to use accounting software to record and analyze data. We will learn how to estimate taxes, do break even analyses, calculate payroll costs and prepare pro forma financial statements. Starting an enterprise or running an existing enterprise can require large outlays of cash and financing.
This program provides students with skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and business. Anticipated credit equivalencies include managerial accounting, strategic planning, and algebra-based physics.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Entrepreneurship, Business, Strategic Planning, Managerial Accounting, Solar and Wind Energy and Batteries,
Credits per quarter
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
$40 for software fees.
Class Size: 50
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia