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Sustainable tech programs introduced

POSTED: August 16, 2012 6:00 p.m.

SAVANNAH — Savannah Technical College has new sustainable-technology programs for the fall 2012 semester.

The programs, the first of their kind in Georgia, introduce students to various topics including energy efficiency, energy measures and management, sustainable energy production, green-building construction and historic preservation.

The college developed the programs in response to career-growth trends for residential weatherization, energy auditors with EPA licensure, and alternative energy sources like solar thermal and wind power, as well as the specialized electrician certification required for photovoltaic installations.

The programs offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience with energy and construction before going into their area of specialization. Electrical specialization allows students to receive training in residential wiring, solar thermal systems, wind energy and photovoltaic systems. A structural specialization pathway covers energy efficient measures and systems, green-building construction technologies and historic preservation/restoration history.

Through residential weatherization and HVAC-specialist programs for an associate degree and professional diploma, students learn the various areas of a home energy audit. Graduates receive training in refrigeration and heating, solar water-heater installation and overall construction best practices. For more information, call 912-443-5512.

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