Sustainable/ Renewable Energy

Associate of Applied Science

This unique two-year program specifically concentrates on Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Small Wind Technology (50 kW/h and smaller). Solar PV and Small Wind is one of the fastest growing technologies in the energy market. Because this program is online, it gives the student the ability to learn and work from anywhere with internet access.

This program can be taken as a full-time, part time, or even a high school student. High School students can take courses for dual credit (if their school supports this program). If a high school is located in Kansas, Senate Bill 155 applies (funds the student’s tuition). Students can also start this program any semester including summer. Each semester, the student will participate in an online course or courses that will precisely prepare him/her for a career in Solar PV and/or Small Wind Technology.

Certain online courses have a one Saturday “boot camp” that is highly recommended. However, if the student is unable to attend, an alternative assignment will be given. Our boot camps have state-of-the art equipment/labs that are real-world systems (not mockups) for hands-on training. Some of the best training experiences found in the program are through the hands-on labs. Boot camps give the student the necessary hands-on training needed to be successful in this industry.

Colby Community College was chosen as the site for one of four Regional Small Wind Test Centers in the nation. In partnership with Kansas State University and Midwest Energy, the High Plains Small Wind Test Center conduct tests on turbines at or less than 200 sq. meters swept area. Turbines will be tested for duration, power performance, safety & function, and acoustic noise emissions. Small Wind turbines are designed for the home, farm, and small to medium-sized businesses.

For those aspiring to be on the cutting edge of Solar PV or Small Wind, this program has a course and training lab for everyone. The graduates of this unique program will be prepared to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam. Employers look for this credential when hiring. Because this program can be completed in two years, the graduate is quickly prepared for the Solar PV and/or Small Wind turbine industry and his/her career!

If you need additional information, contact Derek Reilley, Program Director, by phone at 785.460.5431 or by email at


EN176English Composition I3
CH176Fundamentals of Chemistry5


Interpersonal Communications
Public Speaking
 Gen. Ed. Electives6
SO100 Student Success Seminar1
AE177 Energy Efficiency3
AE190 Electronics3
AE199 Introductory to Construction5
AE276 Introduction to Energy Technologies3
BU212Business Communications3
AE178AG/Rural Wind Applications3
AE179Community Wind3
AE180Wind/Solar PV Hybrid Systems3
AE281Small Wind Turbines3
AE277Solar PV Fundamentals & Applications3
AE279Solar Photovoltaic Intermediate3
AE280Solar Photovoltaic Advanced3
AE281Solar Installation3
AE176Introduction to Wind & Alternative Energy1
AE241Power Storage/ Transmission and Conversion3
AE275Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics2
Min. Credit Hours to Graduate: 66



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