Renewable Energy Training Program

Renewable Energy Based Electricity
Generating Systems for Rural Development
Systems, Applications, Economics

Solar Electricity Program in Detail

Solar Electricity Program schedule is summarized below:

1st Week
Days 1 & 2:
Introduction to explain various renewable energy (RE) resources and the benefits of RE technologies in the development of rural communities.
Day 3:
The concept of sustainable development and its implementation in developing (African) countries.
Day 4:
Group discussion to identify major developmental problems in the home countries of the trainees in the light of the knowledge developed in the previous three days.
Day 5:
Introduction of solar electricity and its implementation in rural communities.
2nd Week
Day 1:
Solar electric system configuration and components of solar electric systems, function, and performance.
Day 2:
Design aspects of solar electric systems (SES), requirements, and specification.
Day 3 & 4:
Detailed design of specific SES systems including water pumping, household systems, lighting, and refrigeration.
Day 5:
Training on installation of SES.
3rd Week
Day 1: Field trip to see real examples of the above mentioned system in operation and to compare with the discussed installation practices.
Day 2 & 3: Quality control of SES and performance of testing procedure.
Day 4: Solar Thermal Systems (STS) configuration, features, and applications in rural areas.
Day 5: Performance analysis of STS, components testing, and installation.
4th Week
Day 1:
Group discussion to relate the knowledge developed during the training course to the energy demand status of the trainees’ local communities.
Day 2 & 3:
Develop application projects based on the previous discussions to provide the trainees with specific tools that enhance their capabilities to understand and act as an active participant toward their communities.
Day 4 & 5:
Energy Resource Management: This part of the course is crucial as it provides the trainee with special skills related to the understanding of the economic benefits of RE in remote areas and the concept of Rural Energy Service Companies (RESCO). The trainees will learn how they can establish RESCO and how it can be utilized to develop, install, and manage (maintenance and operation) reliable energy services for small communities.


A fixed cost of $15,000 will be charged for any number of students less than 10 students. In case of 10 students or more the fees per student are $1500. This includes attendance of lectures, practical training, field trips and course notes. For those who want to go back home with a working Solar-Electric lighting kit for homes (three lighting lamps) there will be a charge of $ 400/kit.