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“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

Graduate Profile: Kainin O’Malley


Students majoring in a renewable/sustainable 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.


Solar PV Technical Certificate Brochure (37 hours)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 105 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The continued expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly those who complete photovoltaic training courses at a community college or technical school.

Because CCC offers both the Solar PV Technical Certificate and Solar PV Certificate of Completion online, students have the ability to learn and work from home.

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, and offer state-of the art equipment/labs that are real-world systems (not mockups).

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

See recent data on CCC students who studied Solar Photovoltaic.



SO100Student Success Seminar *  1
AE276Introduction to Energy Technologies *3
AE190Electronics *3
AE241Power Storage/Transmission & Conversion **3
 AE177Energy Efficiency †
AE297Small Wind & Solar PV Installation Professional †5
AE298Internship ˄4
AE277Solar PV Fundamentals & Applications *
AE279Solar PV Grid Direct **3
AE200Solar PV Battery-Based †3
AE201Solar PV Technical Sales ††3
SO181Career Development  ††  3
Total Credit Hours: 37


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