Course Description

Students will learn the principles of renewable and alternative energy systems and their applicability in meeting the energy needs of residential, commercial, and institutional facilities.  They will be able to evaluate and compare the overall efficacy of alternative systems and to optimize the design and operation of these systems by considering sustainability, energy consumption, economics, and reliability.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Design economically optimized renewable/hybrid energy systems in accordance with current best practices and in accordance with the client’s long-term sustainability objectives.
  • Evaluate and specify the renewable/hybrid energy system(s) that best meets the sustainability objectives of a facility.
  • Estimate potential cost and energy savings and overall benefits from the installation of alternative energy systems.

Contact Information:

Prof. Lukasz Sztaberek

Office V-437


Attendance Policy:

A student may be absent without penalty for 10% of the number of scheduled class meetings during the semester. This class meets one time per week, and students are allowed two absences per semester.

Assessment and Grading Standards:

All assignments and projects shall be the work of the individual unless a team project is specifically assigned by the instructor.  All work shall be performed in a neat and professional manner and will be graded as to accuracy, completeness and presentation. Exams will be comprised of short answer and essay questions along with problems requiring the use of data tables and charts to calculate solutions.

The instructor shall establish a standard for determining the grade for the class and inform the students of the standard at the first meeting of the class.

Following is a typical grading standard.

ITEM % of Total
Class Participation (Contributing to discussions, asking and answering questions) 10
Projects/Assignments 30
Midterm Examination 25
Final Examination 35
Total 100

Academic Integrity:

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using crediting and citation of sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, Academic Dishonesty is prohibited in the City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion.  Students should refer to the College Catalog for full details.