This course helps students develop the skills to design fund and implement renewable energy projects in the United States and around the world. It is aimed at anyone who would like to understand the relationship between energy and the environment but is particularly helpful for energy developers and current or future professionals in the practice of renewable energy. Students learn the basics of how to design photovoltaic wind biomass geothermal small-hydro waste water to energy solid waste to energy and other large scale sustainable energy operations. Students also learn about the best global practices for engaging rural and indigenous communities in renewable energy projects while maximizing economic development and social equity. They learn how to deal with other important issues like negotiating land rights for renewable energy projects how to encourage public utilities and private corporations to sign long-term agreements for purchasing renewable energies how to prepare project proposals for international financial institutions and private investors who fund these projects how to estimate the basic health and environmental benefits derived from proposed renewable energy projects how to monetize health effects of renewable energy projects and how to quantify the social benefits of such projects in the community.
Harvard Division of Continuing Education
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