Renewable Energy: Fundamentals and Job Opportunities

This course introduces clean energy career opportunities and explores the complexities and nuances of different renewable energy solutions. Learners are immersed in discussions about green energy technologies, the impact of sustainability on society, energy consumption and conservation. Topics include: tenets of green building design and construction, solar energy conversion through photovoltaic cells, wind turbine site selection and design, geothermal energy development, and nanotechnology applications in clean energy. It highlights educational opportunities from the State University of New York (SUNY) system that correlate with each clean energy market segment.

This online course is available on the Coursera platform.

Course Duration: Approximately 21 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop foundational understanding of clean energy market segments (sustainability, green building, solar, wind, and nanotechnology)
  • Explain the fundamental principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • Identify renewable energy career opportunities and corresponding educational pathways

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in entering the renewable energy field, whether fresh to the workforce or switching industries


  • High school diploma