CEF142 - Passive Solar Heating Project Feasibility Analysis Course

The Passive Solar Heating Project Feasibility Analysis certificate course (previously RS141TH) 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 Passive Solar Heating technologies, RETScreen (clean energy project analysis software) and RETScreen Engineering & Cases electronic textbook, as well as various other related resources. The learning is guided by one or more facilitators available to participants via Skype VoIP or text messaging, weekly teleconferencing, discussion forums, etc.

The course covers passive solar heating for:

  • Single detached homes
  • Row and townhouses
  • High rise buildings
  • Commercial buildings
  • Industrial buildings
  • Institutional buildings

Course content:

  • Overview of passive solar heating systems
  • Passive solar heating system operation
  • Advanced window technologies, shading, and thermal mass
  • Solar resource vs. demand for space heating
  • Canadian & American low-energy buildings
  • European self-sufficient solar houses
  • Passive solar heating system and project costs
  • Passive solar heating project feasibility tools, methods, and elements
  • Guided exercises on performing RETScreen solar project analysis
  • Assignment on planning and conducting a passive solar heating project feasibility analysis based on a case study
  • Real-world feasibility analysis projects

What you will learn:

By the end of the course, successful participants will have acquired the essential skills and 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:

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