Solar & Building Science Learning Center



The Solar & Building Science The Learning Center is a custom-built facility designed to provide “hands-on” technical training for Solar Technology and Building Science. The Center includes:

  • Solar Electronics Lab/Workshop
  • Residential House Model (Mike’s house, named in honor of retired Dean Michael Williamson)
  • Insulation Lab
  • Full-Size Classroom



The Residential House Model is one of just a handful in the Bay Area and features all the basic elements of a home like lighting, insulation, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system, appliances, attic and crawl spaces. It is used to teach students best practices for assessing and retrofitting buildings. 








An Insulation Lab was added in order to provide “hands-on” training for a multitude of insulation applications such as blown-in, dense-pack, wet/damp spray, and drill and-fill. We use an Intec Force II insulation machine for training at it is one of the most common, professional-grade machines used in the industry.






The use of standard industry equipment with real-world situations means that we are able to provide students with many opportunities for field training and allow them to develop their skills in a safe, controlled classroom setting. 

The Solar Lab/Workshop contains several solar inverters that can also be attached to outside solar panels. Students have the opportunity to design and build a complete solar system, as well as to test the electronic and mechanical components. Again, the emphasis is on real-world application of exciting and emerging technology solutions in an important part of the renewable energy portfolio.

As Skyline College ESTM adds courses in other areas, such as Solar Thermal, the Center will be expanded to facilitate hands-on training opportunities. The Center is also available for community education and as a resource for other academic programs, colleges, schools as well as the PG&E Pacific Energy Center.

At the Solar & Building The Learning Center, we are committed to giving students the ability to learning and applying this knowledge in the field so that we can will improve the safety, health, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency of the built environment. 

The Solar & Building The Learning Center is located in Pacific Heights, Building 19, Room 129. 

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