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Doctor of Education (EdD)

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Jeffrey Hamilton


As renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic and wind turbines are becoming more prevalent in the generation of electrical energy, it is imperative to have a trained workforce familiar with theory, installations, troubleshooting, and maintenance of renewable energy systems. It is this reason an undertaking is in place to develop a program to train individuals in the Fairfield, Lexington, and Richland County areas of South Carolina to provide entry level training in renewable energy solutions. The reason this project was undertaken hinged on several key factors; one of them being the availability of an untapped resource readily available in South Carolina, an abundance of natural sunlight, developing a workforce to install and maintain systems, and the ability to assist households in reducing energy costs. Additionally, in 2014, South Carolina law changed allowing for the ready installation of renewable energy systems. The project consisted of researching other colleges and universities currently offering renewable energy programs.

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