POV: Letter to The Editor
To the Editor:
Your March 22 issue ran a story from the Eugene Register-Guard about the Lane Community College solar charging station. The story missed the point. It overlooked the education and training mission of the facility.
The solar station primarily will serve as an outdoor classroom. Energy management students will learn how to install and maintain solar panels and charging stations to prepare for growth careers in renewable energy.
Electricity from the station will be used to power campus buildings and to charge electric vehicles, beginning with the college’s own and then serving students. The beauty of the station is that it is a core learning lab that also contributes to college operations.
The electric vehicle market is beginning to unfold. Oregon is part of a test market thanks to a federal stimulus grant. Lane’s station will be in place to help ensure that market development includes the needs of students.
Community colleges will offer more innovations as society changes the way it uses energy. Education and training is at the center of what we do, and that’s precisely the purpose of the solar station at Lane.
— Mary Spilde, President
Lane Community College