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Solar Photovoltaic Training Yard

Our state-of-the-art solar training yard just keeps getting bigger and better!! Additional donations have been received, allowing us to expand the hands-on learning opportunities. NEW training labs will be offered throughout 2014. SPRING dates will be announced soon!

Read more about it on the Interstate Renewable Energy Council website.

The Green Academy proudly showed off the newly completed Solar PV Training Yard on Sept. 6th, 2012. Ms. Deborah Buterbaugh, Project Specialist with the U. S. Department of Energy, was in Salt Lake to see the yard. Ms. Buterbaugh is the DOE representative assigned to work with the College in the completion of two grants that are providing funding and support for new and updated programs in the Electric Sector, including our Solar Program courses and training yard, Also present was Vice President Tim Sheehan, Community and Government Relations, and Associate Provost Karen Gunn, Business Partnerships.

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Students gain real-world experience from hands-on activities of setting up both grid-tied and off-grid systems on multiple roofing surfaces. Close interaction with faculty ensures each student has ultimate learning opportunity.

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The goals of these grants are to train new solar instructors as well as to build a green energy workforce.  The Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) is helping to fulfill a critical need throughout the western United States for high-quality, local, and accessible training in solar system design, installation, sales, and inspection through train-the-trainer programs.  The Utah Electric Sector Workforce Development initiative is focused on training new PV Installers, Technicians and/or Sales Associates to bring Solar to homes and businesses throughout Utah. 

In addition to grant funding, there were many organizations and individuals that provided materials and/or time and effort in the construction. 

The SLCC Solar Program is very thankful to all our donors who generously provided both time and materials: 

Advanced Green Technologies
Aspen Roofing
Russell Pacific
Salt Lake Community College Facilities Department
Solartek Solutions
Sol-Ice Engineered Systems
Steadfast Solar
Steven Sales
Sunlight Solar
Synergy Power

Thaniel Bishop, Lead Instructor for the Continuing Education Solar Program, coordinated the construction of the training yard with collaboration from students as well as staff in both the School of Math, Science and Engineering and the Division of Continuing Education. 

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Much of the Green Academy training is based upon work supported by the U. S Department of Energy under Award Number DE-OE0000457 and DE-OE0000458.