Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SLCC solar tech students vie for KRCL-FM 90.9 Radio power project

Salt Lake Community College students of solar design will compete Tuesday, June 2, 6 p.m., at KRCL-FM 90.9 to see which of four SLCC teams will help KRCL become Utah’s first radio station powered completely by renewable energy.

“We’re always asking listeners to do what they can for the environment and now, with this project, it’s our turn to walk that walk,” said KRCL General Manager Vicki Mann, who noted the project will be funded in part by grants from UCAIR and Rocky Mountain Power. However, she said, “this is no academic exercise; it’s a real-world project that we expect will reduce, if not eliminate, KRCL’s carbon footprint.”

Using equal grant-funded budgets, the student teams will have 15 minutes each to present their ideas Tuesday evening. KRCL will select the winning design, then turn the project over to Brok Thayn of Hunt Electric to build with students in his SLCC solar design class. The Hunt Electric team has been involved from day one in providing industry guidance and direction to the SLCC students. Hunt Electric Solar team will be overseeing the design and construction of this project.

One of the presenting teams includes SLCC solar tech student Michelle Fisher, a military veteran who recently met with President Barack Obama at Hill Air Force Base to discuss solar energy and SLCC’s vital role in educating people for jobs in the solar industry. SLCC has been offering solar training since 2009 and was singled out during the President’s visit as the leader in the Rocky Mountain Region of the national network. The Rocky Mountain Solar Training Provider network includes 14 states, eight of which are active within the network.

SLCC solar tech student Michelle Fisher with President Barack Obama

Members of the winning team will be able to expedite their NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certification and thereby give them a “leg up” in their careers.

About Listeners Community Radio KRCL-FM 90.9:
Established in 1979 as Listeners Community Radio of Utah, KRCL-FM 90.9 is northern Utah’s only non-profit, member-supported public radio station dedicated to broadcasting a well-curated contemporary eclectic mix of music and community information 24-hours-a-day.

About Hunt Electric

Hunt Electric is a full service design-build electrical and solar contractor that has served the Intermountain area for over 29 years. The company is committed to renewable energy and sustainable business practices. Hunt Electric Solar Division worked to date on a total of 194,000 solar panel installation, of which over half have been designed by the Hunt Electric design team. For more information, visit HuntElectric.com.