Pueblo Community College (PCC) in Colorado and NextEra Energy Resources have announced a partnership that will create a “living laboratory” for renewable energy at PCC, the college says.
NextEra will deliver and install 52 photovoltaic solar panels to create a 20 kW solar energy system on PCC’s Pueblo campus. The company will also provide solar training and education for the school.
PCC says its students will use the solar project as a “learning lab” as they study how to operate and maintain the system, as well as analyze its data and build predictive analysis systems to optimize its operations.
“This commitment and generous gift from NextEra to invest in Pueblo, and in particular Pueblo Community College, is a wonderful opportunity for the institution to prepare the next generation of a renewable energy skilled workforce,” says Patty Erjavec, president of PCC. “My team has already begun to explore the realm of educational possibilities this learning lab will afford our students, and we are eager to unleash their creativity and innovative prowess.”