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Vermont Tech to Offer Renewable Energy Degree

Randolph — Vermont Technical College will launch a bachelor’s degree program in renewable energy this fall.

David Blittersdorf, renewable energy entrepreneur and president and CEO of Williston-based AllEarth Renewables, has committed $120,000 to support the new program, which is designed to prepare graduates to help Vermont reach its goal of achieving 90 percent renewable energy by 2050, the college said in a recent news release.

“Providing access to a comprehensive, hands-on education in the renewable energy field is a vital step toward ensuring that the state achieves those goals,” Blittersdorf said.

“We are proud to have many Vermont Tech alums on the team at AllEarth, and I believe strongly in the high quality, hands-on education that the college provides. These are the jobs not of the future, but of right now.”

The program will cover a variety of renewable technologies, including solar PV, solar heating, wind power, biomass heating and anaerobic digestion.

It will also include project management skills, such as how to evaluate renewable resources, complete site assessments, design systems, model system performance, use data acquisition tools, and integrate energy systems into landscapes, buildings and communities. — Staff report