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Energy and Construction

October is Solar Energy Month at NMC

Check out the New Solar Career Map released by the Solar Instructor Training Network.

Don't Miss the Traverse City Solar Tour.

Take Our Course to learn about Solar

All construction classes »

Home inspection training »

To register, call NMC-EES at (231) 995-1700

Since 2001, Northwestern Michigan College has provided training in energy efficiency, construction technology, green building, and renewable energy. Our programs are affiliated with the Midwest Solar Instructor Training Network, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

Construction and Energy Facilities and Equipment

Building science lab

  • 1,200 sq. ft. structure provides real-world experience
  • Equipped with heating and A/C system, electrical, plumbing, insulation diagnostics and a resource room for energy projects

Renewable energy labs including

  • Solar thermal system (hot water)
  • Grid Connected 3.6 KW Ground Mounted Solar PV
  • Grid-connected, 8-kw Solar PV Array
  • 10 KW Bergey Wind Generator located at the University Center on Cass Road
  • Geothermal Training Systems
  • Solar and Wind Training Systems

Thanks to generous donations from Patriot Solar for a ground mount solar racking system, and Renovo for a grid connected 3 kW inverter. These donations make it possible to provide hands-on training using Michigan-made products.

News & Events


ASES National Solar Tour comes to Traverse City - Visit innovative green homes and buildings, and see how solar energy can be used efficiently. More ยป

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Solar Site Assessment Certificate Program

Introduction to Solar Electric Power: Code 3625

  • Thursday, October 1, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Aero Park Labs Bldg. Room 101
  • Instructor: Bill Queen
  • $125

For Details: Call (231) 995-1701

MREA Solar Site Assessment (online): Code 3568

  • 4 Weeks: Oct. 5–Nov. 1
  • Instructor: Jenny Heinzen
  • $270

NMC Solar Partnerships

NABCEP Training and Exam

Solar Training Network