The GIS Mapping for Solar training course is a 12-week program to learn about how to use Geographic Information Systems mapping for solar energy projects. Increase your knowledge of GIS analysis to evaluate impacts on land use by solar energy developments, such as the impact of a large solar farm on local food production. You will learn how to apply mapping techniques to find opportunities for solar energy generation in rural and urban areas.

Gain experience working through mapping exercises to address challenges and learn participatory techniques to increase public engagement in communities.


Active Courses

  • Cohort 2: May 1–July 23, 2023
  • Cohort 3: June 5–August 27, 2023
  • Cohort 4: July 3 – September 24, 2023

Who this Course is for

The Green Skills Academy is committed to providing these courses to underserved and underrepresented communities, specifically Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Newcomers, Women and Gender Diverse. Priority will be given to individuals who are part of these groups. 

People who have prior GIS knowledge and want to apply GIS techniques in energy development. Specifically, for: 

  • Individuals with basic to advanced GIS experience and an interest in applying technical skills for solar energy developments
  • GIS professionals interested in energy development and energy transition management

You must be: 

  • 18 years or older 
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or have Refugee Status 

Why you should take part

You will gain 120 hours of education about GIS concepts and techniques that support solar energy development. Course components include solar energy mapping, impacts of solar farm developments, participatory mapping techniques, and rooftop solar potential.  

  • You will receive subscription access to GIS software
  • You will be ready to apply to jobs in the GIS and renewable energy sector upon course completion
  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion in GIS Mapping for Solar after finishing all course requirements

How it works

  • This course is free to take part in 
  • 12-week virtual course, please see active training courses for dates 
  • Access to a computer and reliable internet connection can be supplied if needed

Active Courses

  • Cohort 2: May 1–July 23, 2023
  • Cohort 3: June 5–August 27, 2023
  • Cohort 4: July 3 – September 24, 2023


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