Solar Energy Technology/Technician

Renewable energy accounted for 12.2 % of total primary energy consumption and 14.94 % of the domestically produced electricity in the United States in 2016. Hydroelectric power is currently the largest producer of renewable electricity in the country, generating around 6.5% of the nation's total electricity in 2016 as well as 45.71% of the total renewable electricity generation. The United States is the fourth largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world after China, Canada and Brazil.

The next largest share of renewable power was provided by wind power at 5.55% of total power production, amounting to 226.5 terawatt-hours during 2016. By January 2017, the United States nameplate generating capacity for wind power was 82,183 megawatts (MW). Texas remained firmly established as the leader in wind power deployment, followed by Iowa and Oklahoma as of year end 2016.

Solar power provides a growing share of electricity in the country, with over 50 GW of installed capacity generating about 1.3% of the country's total electricity supply in 2017, up from 0.9% the previous year. As of 2016, more than 260,000 people worked in the solar industry and 43 states deployed net metering, where energy utilities bought back excess power generated by solar arrays. Large photovoltaic power plants in the United States include Solar Star (579 MW), near Rosamond, California, the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, a 550 MW solar power plant in Riverside County, California and the Topaz Solar Farm, a 550 MW photovoltaic power plant, in San Luis Obispo County, California. Since the United States pioneered solar thermal power technology in the 1980s with Solar One, several more such power stations have been built. The largest of these solar thermal power stations are the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility (392 MW), southwest of Las Vegas, and the SEGS group of plants in the Mojave Desert, with a total generating capacity of 354 MW.

Other renewable energy sources include geothermal, with The Geysers in Northern California the largest geothermal complex in the world.

The development of renewable energy and energy efficiency marked "a new era of energy exploration" in the United States, according to the former President Barack Obama. In a joint address to the Congress on February 24, 2009, President Obama called for doubling renewable energy within the following three years. Renewable energy reached a major milestone in the first quarter of 2011, when it contributed 11.7 % of total national energy production (2.245 quadrillion BTU of energy), surpassing energy production from nuclear power (2.125 quadrillion BTU) for the first time since 1997. In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama restated his commitment to renewable energy and mentioned the long-standing Interior Department commitment to permit 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects on public land in 2012.

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Ecotech Institute

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $13,140 average out-state tuition; $13,140 average in-state tuition

Owens Community College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $8,544 average out-state tuition; $4,272 average in-state tuition

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Four or more years; Public; $22,680 average out-state tuition; $15,120 average in-state tuition

Texas State Technical College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $11,369 average out-state tuition; $6,950 average in-state tuition

Arizona State University Campus Immersion

Four or more years; Public; $28,800 average out-state tuition; $10,710 average in-state tuition

Clovis Community College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $2,664 average out-state tuition; $1,296 average in-state tuition

Delaware Technical Community College-Terry

Four or more years; Public; $11,438 average out-state tuition; $4,575 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Solar Energy Technology/Technician Majors

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Regeneron Science Talent Search

Society for Science and the Public

Up to $250,000 November 07, 2024 See Details
 

Regeneron Science Talent Search

Society for Science and the Public

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Up to $250,000

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November 07, 2024
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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Trustey Family Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Trustey Family Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

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$25,000

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January 01, 2025
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Stinson Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Stinson Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

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$25,000

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January 01, 2025
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Besio Family Scholarship

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Besio Family Scholarship

University of Notre Dame

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$25,000

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January 01, 2025
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Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

$20,500 Varies See Details
 

Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

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$20,500

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ASHRAE Presidents Scholarship

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AC Engineers (ASHRAE)

$12,500 December 01, 2024 See Details
 

ASHRAE Presidents Scholarship

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AC Engineers (ASHRAE)

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$12,500

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December 01, 2024
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BrandSource x Foster Love Scholarship

Foster Love

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BrandSource x Foster Love Scholarship

Foster Love

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SEI Native American Education Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

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SEI Native American Education Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

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SEI Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

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SEI Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

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$10,000

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