REN! is dedicated to providing education, research, information, networking, and advocacy to accelerate the transition to an energy economy 100% based on clean renewable energy and energy storage, in conjunction with a multitude of other sustainable technologies and practices. Please visit our About Page to learn more our mission and our vision in general.
In particular, REN! provides a highly accessible grounding in energy science, renewable energy technology, and clean energy policy advocacy to empower aspiring renewable energy professionals, policymakers, and advocates. We offer short courses taught in interactive Zoom courses taught by an experienced teacher of physics and renewable energy, physicist Dr. Ben Luce, who specializes in renewable energy technology and advocacy (see testimonials below). These courses provide an ideal, rapid, and affordable foundation for entry into the renewable energy field, or simply a means to increase one’s knowledge of this important area. Our courses teach:
- Fundamental concepts about energy and renewable energy resources needed for aspiring renewable energy professionals and advocates to deeply understand renewable energy and energy storage systems.
- The fundamentals of renewable energy technologies and energy storage technologies in detail, including how they operate, their economics, siting considerations, etc.
- How conventional energy sources work, to provide an informed awareness of the challenges in transitioning to renewable sources.
- The ins and out of clean energy policy, and how to be an effective clean energy advocate.
Certificate of Completion: Participants who fully participate in a course, complete the course work in a satisfactory way, and receive a passing score on an exit-exam at the end, will receive a registered certificate of course completion that employers can verify with us that you earned. This certificate can be used as evidence that you posses solid foundational knowledge for the renewable energy field, and a prospective employer can verify with us directly that you possess a genuine certificate from us.
Are you concerned that your mathematical skills or technical skills are not sufficiently strong for these courses? No worries! We do not assume a strong science or mathematics background in our courses. One of REN!’s major reasons for existing is in fact to help bridge the scientific and quantitative gaps that many interested in renewable energy but lacking in formal STEM education face. We believe that having a solid foundational understanding of renewable energy is essentially not only to working with existing RE technology in the field, but also for developing new technologies and integrations, for effective advocacy, and for discriminating energy fact from fiction in general.
We therefore provide patient, step-by-step explanations of any and all mathematical calculations presented, incorporating a clear review of basic algebra concepts as we do so. We will also show you how to utilize some freely available but powerful calculation tools that make these kinds of things a whole lot easier (calculators are not the easiest tool for such things anymore!).
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“Dr.Luce’s energy and the environment course provided me with the learning tools to start a career In renewable energy. Learning to breakdown complex renewable energy topics for everyday people has been beneficial with engagement and understanding of the core science. This helped me to prepare for a future career in renewable energy while enabling me to successfully land a job in the field.”-Maison DeJesus, Climate Change Studies Major, University of Northern Vermont
“Ben’s enthusiasm for teaching sustainability concepts is instantly palpable, and his depth of knowledge is a clear testimony to his passion for the subject. All of that is conveyed to his students and peers – and is absolutely one of the driving forces behind my career in Conservation. Ben’s energy is contagious and still inspires me 10 years post-graduation. It is rare to find a teacher so talented in the communication of complex material and keeping students engaged!”-Samantha May, Sustainability Studies Major, Lyndon State College
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ben Luce since the 80s. He is one of the most educated and experienced people in the expanding field of renewable energy. He is always ready to share his passion and all-encompassing view of the field, always with a friendly sense of humor. I would be pleased to work with Ben on any project that I encounter.”Windy Dankoff, remote power pioneer and co-author of “The Solar Water Pumping Handbook.”
“My interest in renewable energy and clean energy systems blossomed after the deep delve and easy-to-understand delivery of Dr. Ben Luce’s courses. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the field, drawing on decades of work and experience, and is able to engage and educate students on topics from the complex to the relatively simple.”-Camden Patten, Atmospheric Sciences Major, Northern Vermont University