Sustainable/Renewable Energy

A.A.S. in Renewable Energy

“I am finishing the Associate degree program from Colby Community College in Renewable Energy. I came into the program with quite a bit of general knowledge but little overview of the renewable energy world. The program did an excellent job of providing me with both textbook information and hands on experience using the basic skills needed to enter into the Solar PV job market.

As a new technician for a small install and maintain company in the St. Louis MO market, I have had the opportunity to show not only what I knew before entering the class, but also what I learned in the education provided me.

Derek is great to work with, and very accessible, and true to Colby Communities way of thinking that the education is what makes the students and drives them to be great. Offering the classes online allows one to continue to work a full-time job while still having the time and opportunity to obtain the degree.

I know there are other programs out there, but this program really did a great job of getting someone the knowledge they need to enter the field. If I’m asked, I would say become a Trojan then see where life takes you.

Howard D. Owens

“The sustainable/renewable energy program at CCC gave me the knowledge and opportunity to get my foot in the door to start a new career path. I am very grateful for the opportunity this program has given me.”   Troy L. Koon, Siemens Gamesa

"Colby’s Sustainable Renewable energy degree helped me build my knowledge far beyond what I thought I would learn. The courses I took taught me everything I would need to know about renewable energy and a lot of fun hands-on learning as well. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in renewable energy."   Heath Bolyard, UpTower

"Because of what I studied in the sustainable/renewable energy program, I have been able to start at a very high wage in a very competitive job market. Knowing that I wouldn't even consider this option without the Solomon Forks Wind Project scholarship makes me even more grateful. Colby Community College has lifted me to heights I didn't know possible. I'm living my dream because of what Mr. Reilley and CCC have done for me."  Kainin O'Malley, Vivint Solar

“I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now in the solar industry without the sustainable/renewable energy program offered by Mr. Reilley. Huge head start in the Renewable Energy Industry.”   Chance Andrews, Vivint Solar

"The Sustainable/Renewable Energy Program offered at CCC was an amazing experience for me. It armed me with the tools and knowledge that aided in getting my feet wet in the wind industry as a wind tech I."  Isaac Kaiser, Sky Climber

"The sustainable/renewable energy program is an excellent way to help get a foot in the door in the industry. I was able to get a local wind position where I am able to support the program and future students."  Shylo Evans, Nordex USA

"Through the completion of the Sustainable/Renewable Energy Program offered at CCC, I have had more job opportunities, more doors open, and high success in the wind industry. The program gave me the tools needed to make it where I am today."
  Jonathan Auker, Duke Energy

"I received the certificate of completion for wind technology from Colby Community College and I have now started my new career as a wind tech II."  Marc Chaffin, NextEra Energy

"Throughout the program I had gained the essential skills that secured a job In this industry. Without this opportunity I wouldn’t be where I am today in my profession!"   Austin Russ, UpTower

"Completion of the renewable energy program at CCC has helped me to land a job in solar as well as giving me the leg up that I needed to help me advance quickly in the field."  Jeffrey C. Johnson, Crew Lead, Ecomark Solar

"The sustainable/renewable energy program allowed me to take my passion for solar energy to the next level.  I would not have the exciting career I do without it!"  Danny Denio Blue, Raven Solar

"My education in the CCC Sustainable/Renewable Energy program enabled me to land a high-tech career."  Landon Reilley, Vivint Solar

College Consensus BadgeRanked one of the top online associate degrees in sustainable studies. 

Graduate Profile: Kainin O’Malley

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Students majoring in a sustainable/renewable energy program are eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Solomon Forks Wind Project, LLC, for Sustainable/Renewable Energy Majors – Four $2,500 awards.
  • George & Phyllis Elliott Memorial Scholarship – One $500 scholarship.

Follow the directions to apply.


AAS Sustainable/Renewable Energy Brochure (66 hours)

CCC's unique two-year program concentrates on solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind technology. Because this program is online, students can learn and work from anywhere with internet access.

Participation in Saturday “boot camps” is recommended to gain hands-on training. Boot camps are offered every eight weeks in the fall and spring semesters.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 105 percent from 2016 to 2026, and wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 96 percent during the same period. The continued expansion and adoption of renewable energy will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly those who complete courses at a community college or technical school.

For additional information, contact Derek Reilley, Program Director, at 785.460.5431 or email at



EN176English Composition I3

Fundamentals of Chemistry w/lab
Introduction to Geology w/lab


Interpersonal Communications
Public Speaking
 Gen. Ed. Electives6
SO100 Student Success Seminar *1
AE276Introduction to Energy Technologies *3
AE190Electronics *3
AE241Power Storage/Trans. & Conversion **3
AE177 Energy Efficiency †   3
AE297 Small Wind & Solar PV Installation Professional  † ˄5
AE298Internship ˄4
AE181Small Wind Turbines *3
AE178Ag/Rural Applications **3
AE179Community Wind †3
AE180Wind/Solar PV Hybrid Systems†† 3
AE277Solar PV Fundamentals & Applications *3
AE279Solar PV Grid Direct **3
AE200Solar PV Battery-Based †3
AE201Solar PV Technical Sales ††3
SO181Career Development  ††3
Min. Credit Hours to Graduate: 66


* Fall semester, first eight weeks
** Fall semester, second eight weeks
† Spring semester, first eight weeks
†† Spring semester, second eight weeks
˄ Summer