Troy, MO, November 30, 2021 ― With classes in session for the first time ever at the newly constructed Ranken-West location in Troy, Missouri, Ranken Technical College chose to install a solar array. Project goals include onsite power generation and creating a stronger solar program by using the array as an educational opportunity for its students. EnergyLink was selected as the primary contractor to make their goals for the project a reality.
The new facility, built in partnership with the Lincoln County R-III School District, will provide secondary and postsecondary education for residents in and around the Troy area in emerging technical fields, such as: aquaponics, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, as well as building and construction trades.
With over 12 million jobs in the renewables sector, it was important that the project had an educational component and could be used to give students real world experience maintaining and assessing the performance of a live solar system. To meet that goal, EnergyLink installed a ground mount solar array which would be more easily accessible than a rooftop mounted system.
The solar array will also allow Ranken-West’s campus to offset their electric usage with clean, renewable power, aligning well with the nonprofit college’s sustainability goals and giving them a source of on-site power generation outside of their local electric grid.
“We take great pride in knowing that the solar array we installed here will be used in training future leaders in the renewable energy industry,” Jeremy Nolen, the project lead from EnergyLink remarked. “We can’t wait to see the impact this has on Ranken Tech’s students and the Troy community overall.”
About Ranken Technical College
Ranken Technical College is a well-known private, nonprofit technical college with several locations in Missouri. It offers programs primarily in five trades and occupations, including: Automotive, Electrical, Construction, Information Technology, and Manufacturing.
EnergyLink is a NAESCO accredited Energy Efficiency Contractor (EEC) who designs, builds, and funds renewable energy and energy efficiency products for commercial businesses, public institutions, cities, municipalities, and nonprofits.