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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Green Building Education
Energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building class are offered in Santa Clara County as part of the Silicon Valley Energy Watch (SVEW) partnership between PG&E and the City of San José. Additional classes are offered in partnership with United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Build It Green, BOMA Silicon Valley and others.

Building Operator Certification Level 1 Series
The Silicon Valley Energy Watch will be hosting the Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level 1 trainings series, a nationally-recognized training and certification program for building operators offering improved job skills and more comfortable, energy-efficient facilities. BOC Level 1 is intended for those with two or more years of experience in building operations and maintenance, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Certification provides a credential for professional development and offers employers a way to identify highly skilled operators. This is a series of seven classes, (total 74 hours), beginning April 17, 2018.   

First training date View the full course schedule
Register online
Time 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost $1,895 for the seven-class series
Certification Exam cost is $285
Discounts are available through BOC
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

PG&E’s An Overview of the Commissioning Process for New and Existing Buildings
This full-day training will explore the benefits of building commissioning including reduced energy use, improved building performance and fewer change orders during the construction process. The process for commissioning both new and existing facilities will be contrasted, and attendees will compare the specific commissioning requirements imbedded in sustainability standards like LEED, CalGreen and Title-24. This training is intended for building owners, operators, engineers and designers, contractors, and energy consultants. 

Date Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Register online
Time 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost Free
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center 
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

PG&E’s Basics of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Grid-Tied Applications
This full-day training teaches the basic vocabulary, technical details, and economic concepts necessary to understand and evaluate grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) projects from a project manager's and/or owner's perspective. The instructor will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various PV technologies, including module efficiencies and their implications on the space requirements of a project, along with an overview of criteria for selecting a solar site, PV installation options, and PV system costs and incentives (state and federal). The class will focus on residential-sized systems but will also discuss larger options. Please note this class is designed as an introductory class for anyone interested in understanding the basic concepts of PV project evaluation. It is not a hands-on installation class or a PV design/engineering class. This class is intended for architects, contractors, real estate professionals, HERS raters, solar/PV designers, and residential builders.

Date Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Register online
Time 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Cost Free
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center 
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

The Business Case for High Performance Leases and Buildings
Are you in the process signing a commercial real estate lease? Does your business have sustainability goals and want to make sure that its lease is promoting green buildings and sustainability?

Join leaders from the commercial real estate industry for a discussion on high performance leases, also known as "green leases." Learn about what they are, how they can improve your bottom line & sustainability goals, and get help from the US Department of Energy (US DOE) and Institute for Market Transformation's (IMT) Green Lease Leaders program to identify your leasing opportunities. The High Performance Leasing Training is ideal for the those involved in the commercial real estate leasing process including building owners, property managers, brokers, lawyers, and, tenants.

Date Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Register online
Time 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Cost Free
Breakfast will be served
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center 
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

PG&E’s Air Sealing to Achieve Zero Net Energy - New Techniques and Applications
This full-day training will use real world examples to explain the need and importance of air sealing, and methods for incorporating air sealing into building design and construction will be presented. A comparison between the different air sealants and air sealing techniques, based on the locations of air leaks in the building’s envelope, will be discussed with the use of detailed images from the field and with hands-on props. The training will present the recommended air sealants and techniques to reduce air infiltration and to produce the best fit for a long-lasting air sealing barrier. This class is intended for architects, building department staff, contractors, energy consultants, HERS raters, and residential builders. 

Date Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Register online
Time 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Cost Free
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center 
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José


Ongoing PG&E Classes
Learn everything from selecting the renewable energy system to power your home to the benefits of running a green business. Please check the PG&E Energy Education Classes webpage for a current schedule of classes in a variety of locations.

The Silicon Valley Energy Watch program is funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).