Our Impact

Our vision for the Center for Energy Education is a space where education, research, industry innovation, business engagement, and demonstration of solar energy combine to demonstrate excellence in renewable energy as well as create economic growth. The C4EE will inspire learning, discovery, and imagination about renewables in all of our visitors. 

The C4EE has already teamed up with educational institutions, industry leaders, and associations to promote partnerships and energy initiatives. As the success of the solar industry depends on education, innovation and research are critical. Through education, training, and research, we are helping shape a competent workforce for renewable energy for the future. 

The thriving atmosphere of solar development in the United States has proven lucrative for companies and carries with it a social responsibility to the people of these rural communities. The C4EE is proud to create a presence and awareness for renewable energy here that will further solidify the relationship between the solar industry and the citizens of this community. 



Workforce Development

What we achieved so far…

  • The Center for Energy Education offers solar curriculum training for teachers in public, private and charter schools in the area. The workshop is designed to integrate solar education easily into science teachers lesson plans.

  • The Center for Energy Education offers summer camps for school age children during summer months while they are out of school. They learn about renewable energy while doing fun hands on experiments and crafts. Healthy living is built into the summer camp through free meals and outdoor activities.

  • O&M Training is an educational course on solar energy in cooperation with the Center for Energy Education, NRECA and Halifax Community College. The course equips students in the operations and maintenance of utility-scale and community solar farms. Students will acquire the skills necessary to provide efficiency analysis, troubleshooting, diagnostics and maintenance of overall components of solar farms. The insight the course provides will give a good starting point to become NABCEP certified for interested individuals.

  • The Solar Farm Workshop for Public Officials provide the latest information and updates on topics related to solar farms from industry experts, academia and county officials. The featured topics for this meeting include Solar Industry Updates, State and Local Permitting, Health and Safety Impacts of Solar Technology, Legal Considerations for Landowners and Officials, and Tax Treatment and Revenue Impacts.

  • Solar Construction Classes include Wiring, Racking, Mounting, Small Tools, Measurements and OSHA 10 training.  Classes are held at C4EE and at Halifax Community College.

  • Solar 101 is an informational meeting for the community to learn about solar, renewable energy, solar projects in the area, and up coming Center for Energy Education events.

Our Numbers Are Growing…

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2019 Solar Construction and OSHA 10 Class Refelctions

The Center for Energy Education (C4EE) is pleased to announce the completion of its second Solar Installation and OSHA Training Class. During the graduation ceremony on Saturday, December 7, 2019, the C4EE congratulated 92 residents from Halifax and Edgecombe Counties in North Carolina who successfully completed the course. The course was made possible thanks to the generosity of BayWa r.e. and was provided at no cost to the students.

2019 Graduation Ceremony, Press Release

Impressions of the Solar Construction Class and OSHA 10 Class Graduation Ceremony

The Center for Energy Education (C4EE) is pleased to announce that the first “Solar Installation and OSHA Training Class” held its graduation ceremony on Sunday, April 8th, 2018. The C4EE presented graduation certificates to 97 local residents from Halifax and Northampton Counties who successfully completed the six-week course. The course was made possible through sponsorships from EDF Renewables and Geenex Solar and was provided at no cost to the students. “We are excited to offer this program to local residents. Many solar companies are expressing difficulty in finding workers with relevant training and certifications.” said Mozine Lowe, Executive Director of the C4EE. “We believe this program can ‘jump start’ jobs/careers in the growing solar industry.”

2019 Graduation Ceremony, Press Release