SunSpec Cyberguardians Announces Online Job Training Courses for Summer 2020


The Distributed Energy industry (i.e. solar and energy storage) is one of fastest growing sectors in the country. But with a shortage of qualified workers, particularly those with expertise in the areas of networking and cybersecurity, continued rapid growth is threatened.

The SunSpec Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, has mobilized to fill this gap in the market. SunSpec Cyberguardians is a three-year long program that was created to prepare military veteran job seekers and industry professionals for the next wave of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technology.

In partnership with UC San Diego Extension, SunSpec Cyberguardians has announced two fully-credited online courses for Summer 2020, available for registration now! Resulting in specified credentials, these courses will train veteran job seekers for career opportunities with featured Cyberguardians employers.

Introduction to Distributed Energy Resources in the Electric Grid

This course is offered online through UC San Diego Extension. The course requires no prior knowledge of the topic and is intended for students who are interested in exploring technical (e.g. engineering, chemistry, software), professional (e.g. architecture, marketing, finance), and operational (e.g. accounting, logistics) careers in the rapidly growing distributed energy industry.

Students will acquire a foundation in the basic electrical concepts that are needed to understand the more detailed considerations associated with DER in the grid. The course will also provide detailed insights into topics concerning DER interconnection standards and regulations, DER networking standards like IEEE 2030.5, and cybersecurity. Key DER technologies such as solar, wind, energy storage, and electric vehicles are also covered in more depth.

To register or learn more, click here!

Introduction to Cybersecurity in the Smart Energy Environment

Offered online through UC San Diego Extension, this course will introduce participants to cybersecurity topics including the purpose of cybersecurity, what are the cybersecurity threats, and how do we protect against them.

Some of the key components of cybersecurity such as encryption and the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) will be examined in detail. Finally, the course analyzes and applies cybersecurity specifically in the Smart Energy DER use case and the IEEE 2030.5 communication standard.

To register or learn more, click here!

Funding for SunSpec Cyberguardians is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. Veterans may be eligible for discount pricing. To learn more, visit

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