With new technological advancements in recent decades, wind power has taken an enormous leap forward, becoming more efficient and affordable than ever before. With a fleet of more than 56,000 wind turbines nationwide, wind energy provided more than 5.5 percent of the country’s electricity in 2016, with a handful of states sourcing well over 20 percent of their electricity from wind.
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Ecotech Institute welcomed an important guest on its Aurora campus on Sept. 19. Mike Coffman, the United States Representative for the Sixth Congressional District of Colorado, visited our college and met with Ecotech Campus President Chris Gorrie.
Wind turbine technicians often enjoy some of the best views and vistas available in a workplace. However, they also face a number of work-related hazards, which include climbing great heights, working with high voltage, and dealing with unpredictable weather conditions while servicing turbines in remote locations.
Ecotech Institute is recognized as a military-friendly school by Military Advanced Education and Transition as well as Military Times, and we are always thinking of ways that would make it easier for our service members and veterans to continue their education and transition seamlessly back to civilian life.
We are excited to report that three of Ecotech Institute’s female wind energy technology students were recently awarded 2017 Wind at Our Backs Scholarships by Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), an organization that promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the renewable energy economy.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently published its latest annual report on the state of the industry. According to the report, the renewable energy industry now provides jobs for more than 9.8 million people worldwide.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently published an article featuring insights from Ecotech Institute’s renewable energy instructor Dan Fink.
Ecotech Institute is excited to invite our students and their friends to our campus for a special Bring-a-Friend Event taking place on Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Ecotech Institute students recently built an energy storage box that will pull from solar energy to charge four cell phones at a time. They used a milk crate and solar panel to create the box. Ecotech Institute Solar Energy Technology Program Director Christopher Janin supervised the project.
Ecotech Institute was recently featured in an article examining the ongoing growth of Colorado’s wind energy job market. Titled, “The Job Market Is Spinning for Colorado’s New Wind Workforce,” the piece was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit international environmental organization focused on protecting the air, the water, and the wild.
At Ecotech Institute, we take pride in training the next generation of clean sustainable and renewable energy experts for this rapidly developing industry.
The world is on the cusp of a renewable energy revolution. Investments in renewable energy are at an all-time-high, and the majority of countries now have policies that support renewable energy in one way or another.
Ecotech Institute Campus President Chris Gorrie was recently a guest on the popular ReNewable Now Radio Show.
The energy industry has historically been a male-dominated sector. In fact, according to a 2014 white paper by the U.S. Agency for International Development, women comprised only 20 percent of the oil and gas industry in the United States.
Nonprofit organization The Solar Foundation recently published its annual National Solar Jobs Census, which highlighted the incredible growth of solar energy industry employment in the United States in 2016.
Ecotech Institute’s Program Director, Auston Van Slyke was recently highlighted by Wind Systems Magazine, a monthly publication covering all aspects of the wind energy industry. Published in the magazine’s December 2016 issue, the detailed two-page interview provides an insider’s look into the wind turbine technician job and what makes it one of the fastest-growing professions today.
Ecotech Institute’s Wind Energy Technology Program Director, Auston Van Slyke was recently featured in a thought-provoking article by U.S. News & World Report. The piece highlights Van Slyke’s first encounter with wind turbines, which inspired him to learn more about the technology, and provides an informative overview of the wind turbine technician (a.k.a. wind tech) profession.
As we settle into the new year, let’s take a look at what the passing year meant for the clean-energy sector. In fact, we wouldn't be amiss to say that both 2015 and 2016 were truly game-changing for the industry.
Learn what it takes to build a successful career in the stable field of energy with a live presentation by Rob Muldoon, energy consultant at SolarCity, America’s number one residential solar provider.