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March 19, 2007
Gwinnett Tech to Use Solar Energy to Reduce Costs
South East Solar Company Donates Solar Panel to GTC to Heat Water, Hosts Seminar on Solar Industry
Gwinnett Technical College and South East Solar Company are teaming up to turn utility bills down through the installation of a solar panel system on the college's campus.
The company, based in Duluth, is a leader in energy conservation through the use of solar panels that use solar thermal energy to heat water. South East Solar Company is donating a solar water heating panel and tube system worth more than $2,000 to the air conditioning technology program at Gwinnett Tech.
"Solar technology is heating up again," said Gwinnett Tech Air Conditioning Technology Program Director Jerry Williams. "When we install [the solar panel tubing system] here at the college in the next few weeks, we will connect it to the school's water system which will provide Gwinnett Tech greatly reduced costs associated with heating its domestic water."
The solar water heating system will provide enough heated water for an entire summer and will produce about 60-80 percent of needed hot water during cooler seasons, an overall estimated cost savings of about 30-40 percent in the first year, according to Jay Sampat, managing partner, South East Solar Company.
"We wanted to donate this solar system to Gwinnett Tech for educational purposes, so people can actually get up close to learn and see what it is all about," said Sampat.
The company is also hosting a solar training seminar Saturday, March 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gwinnett Tech, Building 100, that will address a wide spectrum of topics and issues related to the solar industry, including:
- Applications of thermal energy,
- Basic solar principles and technologies,
- Combining a solar system with an existing heating or hot water system,
- Heating hot water for a pool,
- Heating the home,
- Installation of solar systems,
- Proper design of thermal systems, and
- Selling solar systems to customers.
To register for this one-day seminar, call 678-957-8454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Gwinnett Tech's air conditioning technology program, contact 770.962.7580 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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