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Douglas campus welcomes first solar array

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Special to The R-C

Western Nevada College will soon be able to call the sun its partner in heating and cooling Bently Hall.

The college is nearing completion of its first solar array at the Minden campus — to be the college’s fourth solar project overall.

Black Rock Solar constructed the 50,000 kilowatt array. In a press release, the college said the project is expected to reduce energy costs by as much as $25,000 per year.

Vice President for Finance & Administrative Services Dan Neverett said the partnership with Black Rock Solar has been a great asset to the college.

“Both Black Rock and Douglas County are great partners as the college strives to enhance educational opportunities for area residents and foster economic development,” he said.

In 2009, WNC President Carol Lucey signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. It signified a formal obligation by the college to increase its energy sustainability and work toward making WNC campuses carbon neutral.

The college has active volunteer committees that assist in this effort: an environmental sustainability committee and a recycling committee.

Its Specialty Crop Institute teaches techniques for local, sustainable agriculture. Community education workshops are also offered on solar photovoltaic design, installation and inspection; and on energy efficiency auditing.

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