The course — named photovoltaic systems — focuses on solar panel technology and installation. It features advanced training equipment and a small-scale solar panel array system that can generate about 3,000 watt hours of energy each day.
The development of the new course was led by Electrical Systems Technology Program Coordinator Alan Stanfield, who recognized the need for renewable energy training in the Southern Crescent service area. Adjunct instructor Jerry Spoon has also assisted in developing and teaching the photovoltaic course.
“Mr. Stanfield and Dr. Spoon are dedicated to giving our students an edge in the electrical field,” said Southern Crescent Technical College President Randall Peters. “With solar power becoming more affordable and more widely known, we are excited to begin this program here at Southern Crescent.”
The City of Griffin has done its part to support the new program.
The Griffin Electric Department recently assisted in providing the necessary equipment to install grounding rods for the solar panel system on Southern Crescent’s Griffin campus. The department is also offering tours for students at the solar array field located near the Griffin Water Works.
The new photovoltaic systems course offers graduates of the program a wider range of knowledge pertaining to the electrical field, as Stanfield believes it can promote industry development in this area as well as greater awareness of the benefits of solar technology.