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The Renewable Energy Institute

ECT Accredited Center
Accredited Professional Body for Education since 1975
Renewable Energy - Distance Learning - Professional Courses

Solar Energy Consultant Expert Certificate

3 Accredited Distance Learning Courses

The ECT runs courses in Energy, Marketing and Finance across the UK, in London, Birmingham

3 Accredited courses:

Solar Photovoltaic
Electrics for Renewables
Solar Water Heating

  • Video lessons based on live classroom training developed by internationally recognised University Academics and Experts
  • Live individual tutorial conducted remotely with your assigned tutor
  • Course materials accessible on computer, tablet & mobile
  • Resource Centre to access knowledge
    and research
  • Remote exams for the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate

Technicians and individuals intending to learn how to install, maintain and repair Solar Energy equipment.
Managers and directors intending to invest in the renewable energy sector.
Design engineers & architects.


You can start this Expert Certificate immediately.

Optional – Live Solar Photovoltaic Virtual Classroom:  Courses run on a regular basis or Online On-Demand


You have up to 6 months to complete the courses at your own pace.
This course is worth 70 hours of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

(With current funding)


The Solar Energy Consultant Expert Certificate course price includes remote exams for the Galileo Master Certificate; video lessons based on the live classroom training; course materials; Resource Centre access and is inclusive of VAT.

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Renewable Energy Training Courses Online and in the Classroom Accredited UK USA

“My Renewable Energy courses impacted greatly on my ability to successfully develop a Wind Turbine Power Project for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization” 

Alhaji Cham, National Water and Electricity Company Ltd


Solar Photovoltaic

  • Composition of light
  • Photovoltaic effect
  • Photovoltaic cells & materials
  • Daily/annual energy
  • Positioning of the modules
  • Photovoltaic illumination
  • Planning and designing a photovoltaic installation
  • Costs and evaluation of the economical solutions
  • Maintenance and reliability
  • Practical solutions & the electric load
  • Typologies and modality of installation
  • Integration of the photovoltaic modules in the building structure
  • Payback time & Economical perspectives


Solar Water Heating

  • Siting and orientation
  • Solar resource
  • Types of solar systems. Storage of energy
  • Calculation of the thermal requirements, occupancy, sanitary hot water
  • Passive components
  • Calculation of the designing surface required for the system
  • Calculation of volume of accumulation (ground storing)
  • Budgets & Regulations
  • Data and costs of installations
  • Savings achieved
  • Installation of the system, the tank, solar regulating switchboards, hydronic circuit of solar
  • Markets & Incentives (RHI)


Electrics for Renewables

  • Review of electrical fundamentals including:
    Voltage, current and how they are measured, AC and DC, Resistance
    Inductance and Capacitance in AC and DC circuits
    Impact and calculation of Voltage drops
    Use of multi-meters, current clamps and shunts including practical exercise
  • DC-based Renewable Systems (off-grid):
    Systems architecture and batteries
    Calculation of cable size and measurement of voltage drop
    Over current protection and over voltage protection
    Safe operation and installation
    Practical session measurement of PV performance
    Earthing and over current protection
  • Grid-connected systems:
    Different types of generators inverters (asynchronous and synchronous types)
    Safety considerations
    The impact of power factor
    PV installation guidelines and installation standards
    Connection and Wiring standards
  • AC safety:
    Earthing arrangements and their implications
    Safe operation and installation

Certificate of Participation provided.

Internationally recognised GMC Certificate provided to successful candidates of remote GMC exam:


Galileo Master Certificate (GMC)

The internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) has been achieved by participants worldwide for over 40 years, from organisations such as United Nations UNDP, Nissan, IBM, North American Development Bank, Hilton International Hotels, Greater London Authority, and many more.

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    The ECT runs courses in Renewable Energy, Marketing and Finance across the UK, in London, Birmingham

    International Participants

    Participants connecting live from 150 countries. 

    Participants from all over the world can achieve the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) by studying online EEC courses at home, the office, and on-the-go.

    Solar Energy Expert Certificate

    Achieve the Solar Energy Consultant Expert Certificate by studying these courses and passing the exams for the Galileo Master Certificate. This Expert Certificate is currently 25% funded.

    Past Participants

    Past Participants of the online REI Academy courses include representatives from major authorities and organisations, including the World Bank, Rolls Royce Power Systems, and Google.

    See their testimonials here

    Research & Publications

    The ECT works with the United Nations (UNEP) and its partners to produce a series of publications