Solar panel grant presented to WITC
New Richmond Utilities and WPPI Energy recently presented Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond with a check for more than
$16,000 to virtually pay for the 16-panel PV (photovoltaic) solar system
installed this summer on the east lawn.
“New Richmond Utilities recognizes our shared responsibility to
help protect the environment for future generations. Supporting local efforts
such as the WITC solar project is one way we’re working to do our part,” says
Mike Darrow, New Richmond City Administrator / Utility Manager.
“With the generous financial support through this grant from New
Richmond Utilities and WPPI Energy, we were able to have this PV system
installed at our New Richmond campus – a fine model of collaboration with our
local utility,” says Ted May,
Ph.D., Academic Dean - General Studies, Renewable Energy and Sustainability.
The solar panel offers hands-on experience for students, too. WITC
students in the Industrial Automation and Controls Networking program will work
with and learn from the PV system’s monitoring software. A solar or wind
electricity certificate, which electricians may pursue to enhance their
knowledge and skills for installing renewable electricity systems, is available
at the college’s Ashland campus.
more information about WITC’s Renewable Energy
and Sustainability efforts, visit