CONCORDIA — The Renewable Energy Technology program at Cloud County Community College conducted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for its new energy-generating Sun Power Solar Farm.
During the event, CCCC president Adrian Douglas announced the college had received a $150,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to help fund construction of the solar farm. The college also received a $100,883 grant from USDA Rural Development, and the college’s board of trustees agreed to commit $50,000 in matching support of the grant.
The Sun Power Solar Farm will be part of new solar energy technology training at the college beginning this fall. The program is intended to train students to become solar project designers, installers and operation technicians.
Students will design and build the solar farm, which will consist of up to 300 kilowatts of solar panels installed near the college’s wind turbines.
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