Introduction to Efficient Renewable Energy

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Learn how communities can benefit socially and financially from community sustainable energy projects and strategies at the household level through to small and medium scale projects, and how such projects can be leveraged to build community connections, community resourcefulness, employment opportunities and community resilience while tackling Climate Change.

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This course will introduce learners to a basic understanding of ‘community renewable and, sustainable energy’, placed within the context of the need for information to transition to a net zero carbon community due to Climate Change and the emerging energy economy.

Learners will focus on the revolution that is occurring internationally, within Australia and in particular within Victoria and in our own lives, as local communities and households take control of meeting their energy needs while enhancing quality of life and sustainability.

Learners will come to understand a number of sustainable energy technologies and behaviours, be able to complete basic assessments of their home energy efficiency and explore recommendations for improvement. You will learn about various community energy projects, electric vehicles, batteries and other emerging technologies.
This course is for you if you would like to:

  • Understand and be able to explain the concepts and the implications of Climate Change and the renewable energy market.
  • Understand and be able to explain how community renewable energy can be utilized to address both climate change, community engagement and community empowerment to build community resilience.
  • Make informed decisions about how your own home energy efficiency, energy production, energy use and storage can be facilitated.
  • Become engaged with the emerging community energy revolution that exists in local community energy groups or form a renewable energy guild
  • Be equipped to pursue further studies as Home Energy Assessors

About the tutor

Alan Pears is a Senior Industry fellow at RMIT. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at RMIT and taught in the Environment program from 2005-2015.

Alan presents guest lectures in a range of courses, contributes to seminars, workshops and conferences and mentors students.

Through his consulting practice and links to community and professional organisations, Alan has worked on many projects in the clean energy, planning, climate policy, green building and public education fields. 

Course dates, hours and location

This course has been completed for 2022. 

For enquiries please use the enquiries tab above. 


Fully funded - $30 enrolment fee
Concession card holders - $20 enrolment fee
Fee-paying  - $180 

Government-subsidised fee
If you are a permanent Resident and/or Australian Citizen/New Zealand Citizen and not enrolled in mainstream secondary school you are eligible for a government subsidised fee. 

Concession fee
This fee is available to:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card holders, and their dependant children and dependant spouses
  • Pensioner Concession Card holders, and their dependant children and dependant spouses
  • Veteran's Gold Card holders (but not their dependants).
  • Please note: if under 17 years of age and disengaged from school, participants will need to obtain an official Transition from School Form for us to sight.

If you are eligible, please select the concession fee when enrolling and click "calculate discount".  You will also need to present your concession card at one of our centres prior to the start of the course in order to be eligible for a concession fee.  

For non-eligible individuals, the full fee will apply.


Basic computing skills, English language comprehension, reasonable literacy skills.

Learning pathways

The program could lead to further study in Sustainable Energy or Home Energy Efficiency.

Withdrawals and refunds

Refer to our Fees, charges and refunds policy for information about withdrawals and refunds in our government-subsidised and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.  

How to enrol

Applications for enrolment can be processed using our online system.

Enrol now

If the course you are interested in is not listed, it may be booked out or not yet open for enrolment. Please contact us using the 'Enquire now' button at the top of the page to find out about upcoming courses.

If you are a concession card holder you will need to present your concession card at one of our centres prior to the start of the course in order to be eligible for the concession fee.