• Education Based - Wind Sun Institute:
Fred Paris, owner and President, formed the Wind Sun Institute in Kingston, Massachusetts in 2004 to teach renewable energy design and installation of solar and wind systems. The institute’s students, with an average age of 33 years, are largely career changers looking to leverage their skills and business savvy in the emerging solar energy industry.
In 2012, the Fred partnered with Heat Spring to move the Solar Energy courses on-line where students logged in to complete a 40-hour program instructed by Fred. Fred’s on-line courses were specifically focused on preparing students for NABCEP certification in solar photovoltaic engineering.
In another education initiative, Fred wrote the first NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certification courses for Massasoit College. Fred was instrumental in helping Massasoit become accredited by NABCEP to administer the certification exam in Solar Energy. Additionally, Fred has taught Solar Energy Business at Babson College, and Strategic Planning at Northeastern University.