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WCSEN in the News! Fred Michel, President of WCSEN teamed up with the  Richland Correctional Institute to prepare students for the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) Photovoltaic Installer level 1 certification exam. WCSEN provided a small grant to cover exam fees for the first five graduates and laboratory supplies for the class and also donated solar panels. Since then, RCI has continued to fund the program resulting in 20 graduates being certified as ETA photovoltaic installers. Fred Michel, as a certified ETA test administrator, administers the exam for no cost. The success of the program has been affirmed by the recent hiring of a graduate from the program. Here's a link to a glossy publication about the program.

Wind energy at Local Roots Since 2014, WCSEN has provided nearly 3 MWh of wind energy to charge plug-in electric cars at Local Roots. A WCSEN grant allowed the purchase and installation of the system. Wind-based renewable energy credits are purchased to offset the electricity provided by the charger. See usage graph -->


WCSEN in the News! Local residents pursue alternative energy sources

(Solar Energy Industries Association) Solar ITC Impact Analysis: How an Extension Of The Investment Tax Credit Would Affect the Solar Industry  


(NYTimes) Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change


(Discover Magazine) Powering the Future: Innovative technologies and forward-thinking policies can help light the way to a low-carbon world.


(Nation of Change) With Renewables on the Rise, Dirty Fuels Losing Competitive Edge


The SMART FLOWER solar system follows the sun, and puts itself away at night and in inclement weather!


The COPENHAGEN WHEEL,designed and developed by MIT engineering students, helps make bicycling a viable mode of transportation for long commutes and steep hills. More…


(NYTIMES) Apple Building $850 million Solar Farm to Power California Operations. 


Remanufacturing and the Move Towards a Circular Economy




Solar Power is Contagious: Installing Panels Often Means Your Neighbors Will Too


(CNN) -- Imagine a transportable solar power station that tracks the sun and cools itself by pumping water through its veins just like a plant.



Graph of use of wind-charging station at Local Roots

The Smart Wheel by FlyKly Bikes is a motorized bike wheel that can fit on almost any bike, instantly turning a regular bike into an electric one.


ELF is a sun-powered trike. You can pedal it or use the electric assist!


SMART HOUSE! The New York Times reports on a prototype house by Honda and the University of California, Davis that will store extra energy to use in its e-vehicle.More..

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