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RIBBON-CUTTING FOR SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION ON NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE CAMPUS

RIBBON-CUTTING FOR SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION ON NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE CAMPUS

The North Central Michigan College Foundation and the Leadership Little Traverse (LLT) Class of 2019 will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the installation of a solar panel array on North Central’s campus.  The ribbon-cutting will take place at 4 p.m. on September 24, 2019, adjacent to the college library.  A reception will follow in the library lobby.

This event marks the successful completion of the LLT cohort’s year-long community service project, Solarize Petoskey.  In addition to supplementing the college’s power supply by tying into the City of Petoskey’s electric grid, the solar panels will provide hands-on learning opportunities for North Central students and area K-12 students, and serve as a model for the community to see solar energy in use.

Installation of the solar panel array is the latest in a series of initiatives demonstrating North Central’s commitment to sustainability and win-win community partnerships.

“We are extremely pleased to be the recipient of the 2018-19 Leadership Little Traverse Class project,” said Dr. David Roland Finley, president of North Central.  “This group had a bold vision to demonstrate electrical power generation from sunlight that is accessible to the community, and the new solar panel installation will serve learners of all ages who visit campus.”

The college has partnered with Emmet County Recycling to ensure that the ribbon-cutting and reception will be a zero-waste event.

“It is exciting that the college is able to celebrate the installation of this new net-metered solar array by hosting a zero-waste event,” said Dr. Jeff Lockridge, professor of earth science and chair of North Central’s Sustainability Committee.  “There is a misconception that sustainability efforts must be expensive, impractical, or difficult to adopt, yet we have found that the opposite is true. NCMC’s recent sustainability initiatives have been cost-effective, relevant, and have provided wonderful educational opportunities for our students.”

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic, and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth, and community improvement. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military Friendly® and Veteran Friendly School. 

For information, contact:
Corey M. Lansing
Director of Student Outreach and Engagement
(231) 439-6349