CEF122 - Solar Water Heating Project Feasibility Analysis Course

The Solar Water Heating Project Feasibility Analysis certificate course (previously RS121TH) 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 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 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
  • Guided exercises on performing RETScreen solar project analysis
  • Assignment on planning and conducting of a solar water 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 solar water heating systems, the various types of solar water heating 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
  • Essential business, technical, and project management skills