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March 2, 2011

Local News: College receives $800K for solar energy program

Filed under: Local News,Local People,News,Solar Energy — Tags: , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 12:22 pm

Local News by Brandon Carpenter from The Ranger (Amarillo College’s student newspaper):

The renewable energy department has recieved a three-year grant of more than $800,00 from the National Science Foundation to develop a solar energy program.

Part of the money from the grant has been used to hire Arthur Schneider as a director of renewable energy technology and instrumentation technology.

“We are going into some unknowns, and we want to see what other programs are doing,” said Jack Stanley, chairman of the Sciences and Engineering Division.

“The grant will allow us to travel to Austin, Houston, places in New Mexico and Colorado to see the many different programs out there.”

To read the rest of the story, check out the print edition of this week’s AC Ranger! Visit The Ranger’s web site for info on how to subscribe.

June 19, 2009

Amarillo College looks to add solar energy program

The Amarillo Globe-News has a story up about Amarillo College‘s attempts to start a solar program. AEI’s Ken Starcher offers his opinion on the issue. Here’s an excerpt:

Amarillo College is seeking nearly $900,000 from the National Science Foundation to add solar energy education as a program at its Amarillo and Dumas campuses.Such a program would partner with AC’s growing wind energy programs, which regents approved in September.

“It would allow us to add to our renewable energy culture,” said Danita McAnally, AC’s dean of assessment and development.

The college’s final grant application is due Oct. 15, but college officials have started the application process.

“You have to do a preliminary submission, which we’ve done,” McAnally said. “We haven’t heard anything back from the preliminary application yet.”

AC officials expect to hear an answer by early 2010, McAnally said. The money would be distributed over three years.

“In Texas, there’s not a complete curriculum in solar energy at community colleges,” McAnally said.

Ken Starcher, director of the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University, said training programs for renewable energy of any kind are few and far between across the country.

“Amarillo College is doing the right thing,” Starcher said. “They’re looking forward and saying ‘Where’s the need?’”

You can read the rest of the story here.

 
   

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