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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



DANVILLE, VA  December 1, 2014 -- Are you a homeowner with a desire to learn about efficient, environmentally friendly ways to heat your home? Are you a contractor interested in learning more about alternative energy installation? Enrolling in a weekend spring semester class offering at Danville Community College is the perfect opportunity to explore solar energy techniques. Solar Thermal Active and Passive Technology (ENE 105-90, #65560) will meet 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, beginning January 17, at the Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training (RCATT).

“This class will cover the practical application of using the sun to heat residential hot water,? said Jerry Franklin, Director of Manufacturing and Technical Services. “Using the sun to directly heat water is the most cost-effective and efficient use of solar power. Using this method, there is no high tech conversion of energy from one form to another, as would be the case if the sun’s power were used to generate electricity, as in photo-voltaic systems.?

Franklin adds the class is designed for homeowners, contractors or individuals interested in using the sun to heat water. It will be taught via lecture and laboratory format. Students successfully completing the course can earn credit toward a Career Studies Certificate in Alternative Energy Technology I. Possible careers in alternative-energy related fields include manufacturing, installation and sales.

“The class will prepare completers for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Solar Heating Installer Exam,? Franklin added.

Registration for spring 2015 is underway. To enroll in the solar thermal class, contact Jerry Franklin at 434.797.8573 or click here.

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