Education & Outreach

Education and Outreach are the backbone of sustainable solar technology developments.

One of AzRISE’s principal missions is to promote and support solar energy education throughout the state of Arizona and the nation. This includes workforce training at all levels, from engaging in public forums and pre-college education to the pursuit of structured undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University of Arizona and at partner institutions. AzRISE’s approach includes a number of educational initiatives that are key to meeting these critical goals.

“Building Brighter Futures through STEM”, UA and Arizona Western College are collaborating on an initiative that has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to boost sustainable engineering education offerings in Yuma County. The grant will also enable the institutions to help remedy the regional demand for renewable energy systems and other sustainable engineering training.

Solar Installation Training Courses:

Faculty researchers from UA/AzRISE are working to develop a series of training courses for solar systems installation. These courses are targeted toward tradesmen working in solar energy with the goal of preparing them for national certification examinations.  Current educational curriculum components include:

  • High School Curriculum
  • Training course and Undergraduate Course Content in PV Installation,
  • Graduate-credit, on-line course: The Physics and Technology of Solar Energy.

AzRISE supports projects in the use of solar and renewable energy.

Student-based projects:

Solar Racing Car Team
Arizona [SEED] pod Solar Decathlon House