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EAC to offer Solar Power and Energy courses this summer

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EAC to offer Solar Power and Energy courses this summer

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College will offer an intensive, four-part series of classes this summer designed to teach people to get “off the grid” and start generating significant, green, sustainable energy at a low cost. The first set of courses, TEC 171, section #6071, Renewable Energy Technology, and TEC 172, section #6072, Photovoltaic Design and Application, will begin May 28, 2013, with section #6071 meeting Monday through Thursday from 9-11:15 a.m. and section #6072 will meet on the same days from 1-3:15 p.m. All of the classes will meet in ITB-8 on the Thatcher campus.

The second set of courses, TEC 173, section #7031, Passive Solar Design and Application, and TEC 174, section #7032, Wind Turbine Design and Application, will start at the same times, respectively, on July 2, 2013.

This series, taught by Sean Tunell, is part of the Renewable Sustainable Energy Certificate program, which is designed to give students a background in industrial and residential applications of electricity, solar energy, and wind energy.

“Our lifestyles are so dependent on large quantities of energy, it’s frightening to think what might happen if they suddenly became unavailable,” says Tunell. “Aging and outdated infrastructure, social and political unrest, financial instability, a growing list of foreign enemies, and skyrocketing energy costs all make alternative energy production a compelling and urgent endeavor for those who wish to secure a greater degree of personal freedom and security.”

To register for these, or any other EAC class, visit; call the Records and Registration Office at 428-8270; or stop by in person at 615 N. Stadium Avenue, in Thatcher, during regular business hours.