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Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Course Outline

This eight hour course provides valuable information for those individuals who are looking for renewable or alternative energy sources for their operations.  It was designed by an instructor who has developed and implemented numerous similar training courses. 

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is any professional who is interested in alternative or renewable energy sources.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendees of this course will under stand the basic concepts of alternative and renewable energy sources.

Course Introduction

The water and wastewater industry relies heavily on electricity and other fossil fuels to provide the energy necessary to treat drinking water and wastewater.  Fossil fuels are limited in the available quantities and non-renewable and at some time will be depleted.  This course will look at the issue of fossil fuels and provide an understanding of the alternative, renewable energy sources that are available for use at water and wastewater facilities.   It will also include a discussion of key engineering and other factors needed to adopt some or all of these alternatives as energy sources.

Course Content

This course is based the following course handout:

Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources (PDF, 6.5 MB)

Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you would like learn more about the subject, you may purchase the following book from or Barnes and Nobles or borrow it from your local library. You may also be able to find an electronic version from e-bookstores on the Internet if time is of essence (enter search phrase "Alternative Energy for Dummies PDF" in Google) or as a Kindle version from Amazon.

Alternative Energy For Dummies by Rik DeGunther

Course Summary

This course discusses basic alternative or renewable energy sources and concepts with basic design criteria.

Related Links

For additional information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:
Barnes and Nobles


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.