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5205 Solar Panels.

These marvels of glass and circuits are tilting up everywhere as we look for ways to harness the clean energy that comes from our sun. And at Conestoga, that quest is no different.

As we build an increasing solar panel footprint on our campuses, our students are quick to realize how these panels can do more than just keep the lights on.

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Bachelor of Computer Science

Applied Computer Science & IT

The technology inside solar panels requires sophisticated software to both control them and to make sure they work with the products they power. It takes great minds to code this software and make it accessible to users, and the students in the Bachelor of Computer Science degree program are up to the task.

With courses that give them the knowledge to create advanced software solutions, these computer-savvy programmers are skilled at making their software work in all areas of our lives - including solar panels. Not only are students programming applications designed to make our lives easier, the courses they're taking are also designed to give them the skills needed to develop highly technical communication plans so they can bridge the knowledge gap between programmer and end-user.

This means that one day, our Conestoga students may be the programmer responsible for the software that's controlling vast arrays of solar panel equipment. Now that's a bright future.

Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business Management

Business

Efficient, cost-effective and sustainable energy production is something that is needed worldwide. Solar energy provides even the most remote locations with a cost-effective, constant source of electricity. As countries around the world move to develop solar infrastructure, the students in our Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business Management program are preparing to be a pivotal part of that transformation.

While the students work to build their business management skills, one area of focus is manufacturing operations. Working through the Operations Management course, our business students are looking at areas of design and manufacturing operation and are gaining knowledge that will help them effectively use resources that add value to supply chains, making sure that solar technology will one day reach even the remotest parts of the globe.

Bachelor of Engineering - Building Systems Engineering

Engineering & Technology

The connection between solar panels and students in our Bachelor of Engineering - Building Systems Engineering program is probably a no-brainer. But did you know that the students in our program dive much deeper than just where to put the panels on a building?

Our students take courses like Introduction to Natural Sciences and a course called Thermodynamics so that they can better understand the complex balance between natural energy (like the sun's radiation) and how it impacts not only the capacity of panels they are placing on buildings but the effect these natural elements have on both the building materials and the environment inside the building once it has been built. Combine that with the course on Energy Conversion and Renewable Energy, which examines both the integration of solar photovoltaic energy systems into buildings and energy storage techniques, and these engineering students are well poised to help create a greener future.