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OCTC partners with Kenergy, Big Rivers for solar charging stations

June 18, 2020

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Owensboro Community & Technical College has announced a partnership with Kenergy and Big Rivers Elective corporations to support the college initiative to provide solar charging in exterior locations on the main campus.

Students utilize laptops and mobile devices to attend class and complete assignments daily, but keeping technology charged while maintaining a busy schedule is a challenge.

“We see students looking for plug-ins and borrowing chargers,” said OCTC President Scott Williams. “We have some internal charging stations, but we really want to allow students to access the network while enjoying our beautiful campus. These solar charging stations will fill that need, look great, and be kind to the environment.”

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The project investment was $20,000 and will provide two solar charging stations, placed in the outdoor mall area on the main campus at 4800 New Hartford Rd. Each station is ADA compliant, self-sufficient and will provide charging connectivity for multiple devices.

The stations are square with seating for four, and an umbrella with solar panels will be in the middle. Students will have access to free charging.

Resource Development Officer Mike Rodgers felt that Big Rivers and Kenergy were the natural partners to help with this initiative.

“We have a longstanding relationship with both of these energy partners, and this is a great way to enhance that relationship and remove yet another barrier to student success,” Rodgers said.

June 18, 2020

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