UNM Los Alamos

Solar Technology

Solar Technology

About the Program

Are you passionate about protecting the environment? Do you want to be at the forefront of the latest energy technology? Do you want a career in a fast-growing sector of the economy? The Solar Concentration may be right for you.

The Solar Concentration attracts those interested in running their own businesses as well those who want to work for companies and organizations involved with solar power. Some students are interested in making their own homes solar efficient. This program will teach you everything you need to know!

Solar energy technology is the direct conversion of radiant energy from the sun into electrical and thermal energy. Our country is moving toward a greener economy, and you will be ready to fill the jobs that are created. From installing solar panels, to retrofitting structures to make them more energy efficient, you can be at the forefront of the latest solar technology!

You will:

  • Learn about alternative and sustainable energy sources
  • Study photovoltaic (PV) principles and the use of photovoltaics in stand-alone and interconnected (grid-tied) electrical systems
  • Learn to complete detailed site analysis, system sizing, component and installation recommendations, and economic analyses
  • Learn about the many aspects of architectural design and construction to create environmentally sustainable, energy efficient structures

The intent of this program is to provide students with a set of skills and knowledge in the area of solar technology. Students will learn basic principles of photovoltaic (PV) systems, mechanical & electrical integration of PV systems, utility interconnection, commissioning, maintenance & troubleshooting PV systems. The curriculum will also include aspects of architectural design and construction to create environmentally sustainable and energy efficient structures. This certificate may be used as a terminal certificate with subsequent entrance into the workforce, or it may form the basis for additional course work leading to an associate degree in this field.

Related Faculty

Don Davis

Contact Information

We are happy to answer any questions you might have and hope to make your learning experience at UNM Los Alamos as rewarding as possible. You can reach us by phone or by e-mail and we will provide all the information you might need.

Don Davis
Assistant Professor
Applied Technologies Chair
(505) 662-0336
ddavis48@unm.edu