Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Course fee: $200

Full time students may attend for a reduced fee, please contact Brenda McMurry.
Phone: 859-257-1834

Fee covers printed and electronic course material, break refreshments, and lunch.

Registration Required

Contact Brenda McMurry


Paul Dolloff, PhD

Dr. Dolloff is a senior engineer in the Research and Development department at East Kentucky Power. Dr. Dolloff is also an adjunct faculty in the UK Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, where he teaches a renewable energy course. Being recognized as an expert in renewable energy systems, Dr. Dolloff represented all electric cooperatives nationwide in developing the IEEE interconnection standard, Std. 1547, substantially contributed to KY’s net metering law, and is routinely asked by the US Department of Energy to serve on merit review committees for ARRA funding. Paul is a dynamic and informative instructor who has been highly rated by students enrolled in UK classes regularly taught by him.”


The Introduction to Renewable Energy course provides an overview of renewable energy technology and outlines the basic principles of solar electricity, wind power electric generation, micro-hydro electric generation, and their application in Kentucky.

The course is aimed at those in the utility, energy-related business, non-profit, public, and academic sectors who wish to obtain a comprehensive introduction to renewable energy technologies, as well as those interested in the installation of a renewable energy system. Examples of actual installations will be reviewed with an emphasis on performance and economic evaluation in Kentucky.

A discussion and tour of the UK Solar House, UK’s top 10 entry in the 2009 DOE Solar Decathlon Competition is also on the agenda. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own projects as time allows.

After completing the course, participants should have a basic understanding of, and be able to, understand renewable energy system designs. No previous knowledge of energy or energy technologies is required.


  • Basic science and terminology of energy technologies
  • Various renewable energy technologies
  • The relation between energy policy and technology adoption
  • How to critically evaluate energy technology options
  • How to use back of the envelope calculations to quickly evaluate information


  • Fact from fiction session
  • KY net metering law
  • Typical co-veneration tariff
  • Brief discussion of interconnection requirements
  • PV example installation
  • Residential class wind turbine example installation
  • Micro-hydro example installation
  • Gas well project
  • Economic evaluation
  • Commissioning/inspection recommendations

Special Opportunity

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the UK Solar House, UK’s top ten entry in the 2009 DOE Solar Decathlon Competition. Dr. Don Colliver, Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, a project team leader, will conduct the tour.


This course will be of value to those interested in obtaining a general knowledge of renewable energy or considering a residential class renewable generating project. Utility key account managers, member services, and engineers will more clearly understand their obligations and be able to better answer consumer questions related to renewable energy. Local inspectors and regulators in the utility industry will also be interested in this course.

Earn PDH and CEU

Attendees will earn 7 Professional Development Hours (PDH) for participating in this course. In addition, attendees can earn .75 CEU with a certificate from the University of Kentucky.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

If you cannot attend after registering, you may designate a substitute attendee. A full refund will be provided for cancellations received by April 2nd. Cancellations after this date will be subject to a $50 administration fee.


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Course Location:

The course will be held in E.S. Good Barn, 1451 University Drive, University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky. Map and Directions

Contact Information:

For registration questions, contact:
Brenda McMurry