Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) received a Greenforce Initiative innovation grant to create a small-scale solar demonstration to show affordable and practical ways to collect, store and use solar energy. TNCC installed two solar panels to two motorcycle storage containers (a part of the campus's motorcycle safety courses) that are located adjacent to a campus parking lot. The panels provide energy for lights inside the containers, motorcycle battery chargers, and ventilation for the container. The Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design (CADD) students designed the structure and Engineering Technology students conducted research on peak load, calculating battery storage capacity, orientation and placement, and the installing and wiring to batteries.
Check out Thomas Nelson Community College's Workforce Development Website to see what's new with their workforce development and green jobs training programs. Also take a look at the Sustainability Task Force Website to see their current and future sustainability initiatives.
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Carmen Burrows, Associate Vice President, Workforce Training, firstname.lastname@example.org