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Nov. , 2014
Solar Center of Excellence holds Groundbreaking Ceremony
HCC to partner, train workers
WELDON, N.C. – The Solar Center of Excellence groundbreaking ceremony was held on Nov. 20 in Roanoke Rapids. The center will be a hub for research, education and workforce development for the renewables industry. Halifax Community College (HCC) will partner with the Center to train workers for emerging jobs in the rapidly growing renewable energy industry.

HCC can give students the skills to become technicians in the solar industry through a Basic Technician–Level I Certificate and an Advanced Technician–Level II Certificate.

With these certificates, students will gain the knowledge to join the field of sustainable energy. The certificates provide a pathway to HCC's Industrial Systems Technology program, which prepares students for work in many area businesses installing, servicing, maintaining, diagnosing and repairing industrial and solar power systems.

For more information, contact Industrial Systems Technology Instructor Jason Bone at 252-536-7276 or jbone483@halifaxcc.edu.

About the Solar Center of Excellence
Geenex and partner, ET Solar, have transformed a 250-acre abandoned airfield into a 30 MW solar farm, the largest of its kind in the state of North Carolina and the second largest on the East Coast, producing energy for 4,000 homes and revenues for Halifax County. To ensure the continued growth and advancement of the industry in North Carolina, Geenex dedicated 30 acres to the development of the Solar Center of Excellence.

The Solar Center of Excellence was birthed from a vision: to build a facility rooted in the community and dedicated to sustainability and renewables…a place where education, work and research take place side-by-side to enhance opportunities in the renewable energy industry.

The building of the Solar Center of Excellence is of central importance to the “Old Airport” project. Energy efficiency and cost effectiveness lie at the heart of both planning and construction of the Center. The project has been entrusted to a team of experienced German architects and a select group of US architects.

The Solar Center of Excellence will be a state-of-the-art building with an internal layout of flexible mixed-use space. The building itself will attract students and visitors to become inspired and excited for renewables energy. Visitors of all ages will be inspired through discovery and imagination. Industry will benefit from a central point for new initiatives. The Center will be a focal point of exchange between researchers, manufacturers, developers and stakeholders in the renewables industry.
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Pictured from left are NC Senator Angela Bryant, Halifax County Board of Commissioners Chair James H. Pierce, Halifax County Economic Development Commission Chair Frank V. Avent III, HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. and Advanced Energy's Rick Campagna
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HCC Industrial Systems Technology students and instructor Jason Bone, kneeling second from left
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HCC Industrial Systems Technology students and instructor Jason Bone, kneeling second from left
Halifax Community College's Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239