Students enrolled in an energy generation program at Southeast Community College won’t just sit in the classroom on the Milford campus; they will get hands-on experience in working with renewable energy.
A grant financed the college’s acquisition of a $318,000 1.6 kilowatt wind turbine. Employees with Nebraska Public Power District helped installed the turbine on a 45-foot tower located on the west side of the campus. It’s similar to one on the college’s Lincoln campus.
Southwest Windpower built the turbine. Valmont Industries of Valley erected the tower.
Students enrolled in SCC’s Energy Generation Operations program, as well as the Electrical & Electromechanical Technology program, will use the wind program in their studies.
A $318,333 grant through the Nebraska Energy Office was made to SCC, Central, Mid-Plains, Northeast, and Western Nebraska community colleges to develop renewable energy curricula to train Nebraskans in renewable energy technologies. The money comes from the federal economic stimulus program.
Southeast began its Energy Generation Operations program in January of last year with 20 students. The program incorporates both renewable and fossil-fuel energy generation.