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Renewable Energy Students Visit Heavily Solar-Powered Farm

Students on Wednesday's Bradford County field trip are (from left) Dakotah J. Hewson, of Dingmans Ferry; Nicholas J. Porreca, of New Hope; Antonino Farina, of Camp Hill; Alec R. Bouch, of Brockway; Thomas J. Hirneisen, of Blandon; and Lukas E. Jensen, of Etters. Bouch is a building automation technology: electrical technology concentration major; the others are all enrolled in renewable energy technologies.
Students on Wednesday’s Bradford County field trip are (from left) Dakotah J. Hewson, of Dingmans Ferry; Nicholas J. Porreca, of New Hope; Antonino Farina, of Camp Hill; Alec R. Bouch, of Brockway; Thomas J. Hirneisen, of Blandon; and Lukas E. Jensen, of Etters. Bouch is a building automation technology: electrical technology concentration major; the others are all enrolled in renewable energy technologies.

Six students in instructor Jon W. Hart’s Photovoltaic Systems class visited the 36-kilowatt solar array at Albavale Farm in Canton this week, enjoying the trip in spite of Wednesday’s wet weather. The photovoltaic system uses 120 solar panels to generate more than half of the farm’s total usage of electricity. The students saw the array mounted on one of the farm’s barns, observed four SMA Sunny Boy utility-tied inverters and saw the utility metering with the associated switch gear for the PV system. The field trip was a lab exercise in the class, part of Penn College’s renewable energy technologies major.
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