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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy Certificate Program

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Program Overview

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) has developed this year-long, admissions-based online certificate for working professionals who seek to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. 

The key objective of this program is to help professionals understand the interplay of the financial, technological, and socioeconomic drivers in financing and deploying clean energy. 

A table listing all courses as further described below in the body of the page

Goals

  • Understand how policy supports or hinders the scaling up of clean energy
  • Understand how current energy models work and examine the technological and economic challenges to the clean energy transition
  • Understand the development process, investment requirements, and economic risks and returns associated with clean energy, and practice skills in financial modeling
  • Examine what innovative business models, policy, and technological solutions can be used to overcome these obstacles

Learn more about the curriculum here.

Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for working professionals who are passionate about clean energy and want to advance their careers by gaining new skills in finance, technology, and policy, and mitigate climate change.

This may include individuals from:

  • The finance community across sectors and scales, including capital providers, foundations, or endowment teams focused on climate and/or energy;
  • Policymaking organizations at the federal, state, regional, or local levels;
  • The power market, including utilities, project developers, clean energy generation, storage, efficiency systems manufacturers, designers, or operators; and
  • Nonprofit organizations involved in the clean economy transition, including advocacy and research groups.

Some individuals with more experience in one component of the curriculum, but gaps in others, may benefit from this program as well to develop a more comprehensive approach to the scaling of clean energy deployment.

Learn more about applications and admissions here.

Format

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This program consists of a four-week self-paced Foundations course (Energy Foundations and Finance Foundations), a one-week online orientation event, and four eight-week core courses delivered at the same pace to the whole FDCE cohort. The core courses are where most of the teaching and learning take place and are a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities as described below.  

Due to COVID19, we are unfortunately unable to hold the one-week in-person session that used to occur in August. We will resume this aspect of the program once the global public health emergency has subsided. Because meeting in person for one week is integral to the program's original design, we will hold a conference gathering current and past FDCE cohorts to allow our community to experience Yale, hear from world experts on clean energy, and unleash the creativity and innovation of the phenomenal group of FDCE alums!   

Virtual Classroom

FDCE participants access online course material through an online platform (Canvas). This "virtual classroom" allows participants to learn theory and concepts from faculty members and professionals from the clean energy industry through watching recordings and engaging in activities and discussions on the platform.

Participants also connect synchronously with peers and into class sessions using video-conferencing (Zoom) once per week on Thursdays at noon EST.

The FDCE cohort may choose to attend optional office hours with faculty members and/or teaching assistants as well as a number of events hosted at Yale for the Yale clean energy community.

This flexible, light-touch approach, allows users to access the best that Yale has to offer while retaining the freedom to watch lectures and work on assignments and readings on their own schedule.

Participants are able to:

  • Access weekly online course materials on their own time, and at their convenience, balancing coursework with personal commitments and clean energy careers;
  • Connect with people in real time weekly to listen to presentations from Yale faculty or industry experts or discuss ideas with and receive feedback from instructors, peers, and experts;
  • Expand their networks by interacting with experts and build their own peer community online.

Workload Expectations

Participants spend four to five hours a week on the core online courses. This weekly time commitment generally involves:

FDCE Workload Breakdown Video, Group, Live

You can learn more about a typical week's workload here.

Instructors and Advisors

The program is designed and delivered by faculty from the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of the Environment, and Yale College, experts from the Yale alumni networks, and from CBEY’s industry partners. All serve as either lecturers, interviewees, or advisors.

Partners include practitioners from the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance, the Connecticut Green Bank, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Covenant Solar, or the Coalition for Green Capital to name just a few.

CBEY's approach is to promote a blend of diverse perspectives from academia and industry for participants to paint a complete picture of the current state of the clean energy landscape and where it is going.

Learn more about faculty, lecturers, and guest experts.

Calendar

The 2021/2022 FDCE cohort will matriculate in July 2021. The program starts on July 12, 2021 with a self-standing How to Study Online Module. Participants have a week to complete up to two hours of study in this required module.

The first course, Energy Foundations, will begin on July 19, 2021. Participants have three weeks to complete approximately 15 hours of study, prior to the Online Orientation.

The Online Orientation will be held from Monday August 9 to Friday August 13, 2021. Attendance is mandatory during mid-day sessions and participants can elect to participate in a suite of onboarding, orientation, and team-building activities with the rest of their cohort.

The first Core Course of the Fall semester will begin on August 16, 2021. The Spring semester and the FDCE program will end on May 16, 2021.

Read more about important dates here.

Informational Webinar

You can learn more about this certificate program by watching our informational webinar. 

Our 2019/2020 session shared insights into the program, the curriculum, and the benefits of being part of this cohort of working professionals. You can watch the recording below. Note that this webinar was hosted before COVID19 and that the structure of the program is not up to date! We will host a new session and post a recording of that session soon! For up to date information, please refer to this website.  

Download the Brochure

You can download the 2020/2021 brochure and get on the mailing list for updates about this program by filling out the form below. Note that some aspects of the program that have changed due to COVID19 are not reflected in the 2020/2021 brochure. Refer to this website for the most up to date information! 

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