The SEED Center

Resource Center


The Resource Center organizes resources around 7 green economy “Sectors” and 7 “Topics.”

Search by sector or by topic, or across all sectors and/or all topics. Or search by keyword at the top right of this page.


How are the Resources Organized?

What are the Criteria?

Resources that are included in the SEED Center have been reviewed by the TAG and meet the following criteria:

  • Accessible and available for colleges to model and/or customize to their local labor markets
  • Not to be used as a means to market individual consultants or their products to AACC members
  • Promote colleges becoming generally more innovative

Additionally, be sure to check out our Green Programs!

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RE-Powering’s Electronic Decision Tree

This informational resource guides users through the process of assessing viability of potential sites for suitability for installation of solar photovoltaics or wind and assists in ascertaining whether potential barriers exist. The types of sites covered are: potentially contaminated sites, landfill, underutilized land and rooftops.

Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation

Analysis from the NREL finds that shared solar programs could be the answer for those households and businesses that cannot host on-site photovoltaic (PV) systems. The report discusses the current business and legal environment for shared solar, addresses regulatory and market issues beyond legislation, and looks at market deployment potential.

Solar Career Map

 The Solar Career Map explores solar energy occupations, describes a diversity of jobs across the industry, charts links between them, and identifies the credentials necessary to perform them. With over 40 jobs to explore, across 4 industry sectors, there are more than 60 routes to advancement between them, allowing individuals to find the path that is right for them.

Solar Energy (Online Course)

This introductory, free online course covers the basics of how to design a complete photovoltaic system and turn light into electricity. The curriculum introduces the technology used to transform sunlight into energy by emphasizing the working principles of a solar cell, the fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. In addition, students will explore the advantages, limitations and challenges of various solar cell technologies and how to analyze the performance of solar cells and modules.  Enrollment dates vary; you may need to check back regularly for the next course offereing.

Solar Energy Implementation Assistance for Higher Education

 In support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative, NREL is offering no-cost technical assistance to higher education institutions seeking to go solar. The program is designed to increase the deployment of mid-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions and empower decision makers. Any U.S. higher education institution is eligible to apply.

Solar Industry Data

Utilize this selection of charts and factoids in your lesson plans or classroom presentations to illustrate the current state of solar in the U.S.  The illustrations include tracked trends and trajectories in the solar industry that demonstrate the diverse and sustained growth across the country.

Solar Ready Vets

 This national program, led by the Solar Foundation, connects transitioning military personnel with solar training and employment opportunities. Solar Ready Vets provides quality training and hands-on experience in solar energy to interested transitioning military personnel who are within six months of separation. Solar training complements the extensive skills developed during military service and prepares transitioning service members to be strong candidates for jobs in the growing solar industry.

Solar Training and Hiring Insights

 This research report provides up to date insights and anlasis into why the solar industry is experiencing difficulty finding and retaining qualified applicants; explores the business case for investing resources in solar workforce development; and examines what can and should be done to efficiently and effectively facilitate solar hiring.

Solar Training Network

The Solar Training Network is a new program designed to help meet the workforce needs of the solar industry through solar training and strategic employment partnerships. It will bring together solar training providers, job seekers, and solar employers to strengthen America’s rapidly expanding solar workforce.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will work with community colleges, faculty, and students to facilitate new connections that will improve access to solar training, resources, and career opportunities.  Please contact Amanda at for more information.

Read the Solar Training Network Factsheet(pdf).

Benefits of Joining the Solar Training Network:

  • Connection opportunities for training providers, employers, and job seekers
  • Utilize a member-only job seeker-to-employer connection platform
  • Attend solar job fairs and other regional training events
  • Find solar training resources and content
  • Access to a national directory of solar training providers

If you are a solar training provider interested in helping your students find employment after course completion or a solar employer looking for new, trained solar employees, then consider joining the Solar Training Network:

Solar Water Heaters (Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies)

 This guide analyzes challenges and offers recommendations for developing quality infrastructure for solar water heaters, and includes guidelines for incrementally developing quality infrastructure to particular cases on the market. It also provides insights into the experiences of several countries in developing and implementing such infrastructure.

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