Free Course: How to Make Money in Renewable Energy


Length: 7 modules

Instructor: Chris Williams

Partner: High Performance Building Institute

Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Free Courses, Renewable Energy


This introductory course is for professionals who are changing careers, starting or expanding a business and need some specific and useful advice on how to reach their goals in the industry. The course is segmented into four parts. The first will provide a technology introduction into solar pv, geothermal, solar thermal and energy efficiency. The second part will be a self-assessment workshop that will help us determine where YOUR opportunity is in the industry based on your background, skills, location and goals. The third step is a 1-on-1 call to discuss your next step. Lastly, resources and a next step guide for your businesses or career that will provide you with specific next steps, articles and video tailor to your situation and business goals. The course will go at lightning speed and provide you four critical components that will help you understand where you can make money in renewable energy. There are no silly marketing tricks involved, the training is boiling down everything we've learned training 4,000 contractors in the past 5 years helping you to reach your goals.

Your Instructor


Chris Williams


Chris Williams works with HeatSpring developing products and managing online content. Chris is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer. He has installed over 300kW of solar PV systems, tens of residential and commercial solar hot water systems and 50 tons of geothermal equipment. Chris is the Chairman of the Government...[more]

Course Outline

WELCOME - Orientation Materials

This is a free course. We take pride in our free courses, but keep in mind that this is only a taste of what we do in a full HeatSpring course. For this course you can use the discussion board to interact with other students and ask questions. You will have access to all of the online materials for a full year. Contact Tom McCormack, your Student Advocate, if you have questions. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

Course Introduction - Here is how the course will work

It was hard to boil 5 years of stories, data, and training experience into a single one-hour course. We’ve done our best, and the result is a series of videos, reading assignments, discussion, and resources, with an optional Q&A session via live webinar. This module walks you through the steps for successfully completing the course.

Basic Technology Overview - Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Building Science

This overview will provide you a quick understanding of how solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, and building science work. We'll provide you with additional resources you can use to learn more, but this lesson is a critical foundation for understanding where you fit in the industry.

Basic Financial Overview - Understanding the basic finance value of Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal

This section of the course will teach you finance basics and how they relate to renewable energy projects. Specifically, we'll focus on understanding gross and net install costs and how government incentives impact those numbers, how to calculate the value of energy that renewable projects create, and why "payback" is a horrible term to communicate the financial implication of renewable energy.

Self - Assessment Workshop - How can YOU make money?

The self-assessment will provide you a framework for understanding how you or your businesses can make money based on your background, skill set, location, and goals. The self-assessment workshop will build upon what you learned in the Basic Technology Overview to provide you with more direction for your next steps. There will also be LIVE Video Q+A today with the instructor where you can ask all of your questions. Please log in to sign into the LIVE Q+A section.

1-on-1 Call - Get advice and introductions

After finishing the self-assessment you can schedule a 30-minute 1-on-1 consultation with HeatSpring. The consultation will provide you with specific next steps and advice based on your goals and knowledge.

Next Step Guide - Tools + Resources for Continued Success

After completing the 1 on 1 discussion you'll receive a custom made guide that will combine your self-assement information and next steps with support video and articles that will help you achieve your goals.