Solar panels installed at HCC’s Regional High Technology Center

Students in Haywood Community College’s Photovoltaics class recently got real-life, hands-on experience installing solar PV panels at the college’s Regional High Technology Center.

These students worked with local company Balls Machine and Manufacturing Company to set up four arrays totaling 8kW. These panels will serve several functions including increasing public awareness of solar energy and saving on the center’s electric bill all while giving the students an excellent item to add to their portfolios.

“It is such a great opportunity to allow our students and the community to learn about solar energy while being able to partner with a local business,” said Deborah Porto, HCC department chair of advanced technologies. “HCC strives to move forward with green initiatives such as photovoltaics, while working with businesses that are right here in our community.”

Balls Machine and Manufacturing works with homeowners to install solar panels for them, as well as with other companies and builders. In addition, they sell do-it-yourself kits.

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