CEF121 - Solar Water Heating Project Feasibility Analysis

This Solar Water Heating Project Feasibility Analysis self directed course (previously RS120a) is based on a case-study learning approach and expands on the curriculum initially developed by the RETScreen division of Natural Resources Canada. The training material for the course includes multimedia presentations on Solar Water Heating technologies, RETScreen (clean energy project analysis software) and RETScreen Engineering & Cases electronic textbook, as well as various other related resources.

The course covers solar water heating for:   

  •         Pools   
  •         Domestic hot water   
  •         Space heating   
  •         hotels, restaurants, campsites   
  •         hospitals, retirement homes   
  •         aquaculture and pisciculture   
  •         car washes, laundromats   
  •         industrial process heat

Course content

  •         Overview of solar water heating systems   
  •         Components of solar water heating systems   
  •         Unglazed solar collectors, flate plate solar collectors, evacuated tube collectors   
  •         Pool heating and domestic water heating   
  •         Solar water heating for various climates   
  •         Solar water heating system and project costs   
  •         Solar water heating project feasibility tools, methods, and elements   
  •         Self directed exercises on performing RETScreen solar project analysis   
  •         Self directed assignment on planning and conducting of a solar water heating project feasibility analysis based on a case study

What you will learn:

By the end of the course, successful participants will have acquired the essential knowledge to perform a feasibility analysis that will enable stakeholders to decided whether or not to proceed with a potential renewable energy project. Specifically, successful participants will have learned:

  •         Solar water heating systems, various types of  projects, the equipment and processes involved, in what context they are most interesting and appropriate   
  •         How to identify economically viable potential solar water heating projects   
  •         How to perform full-scale project feasibility analysis for solar water heating projects   
  •         How to use RETScreen to evaluate the quantitative technical and economic factors of solar water heating projects   
  •         The complete method to calculate the payback, return on investment and other financial ratios for solar water heating projects

There is no facilitator feedback or team work involved in this self-paced course. Knowledge is evaluated via three multiple choice exams. Differences between the self-paced and certificate version of a course are detailed here.