Next week has been declared Solar Week in Dickson County and the Tennessee Technology Center-Dickson’s Green Sustainable Energy program will celebrate with an open house. TTC-Dickson is marking the success of its three-year-old Solar Photovoltaic Technician program with tours of the campus on Beasley Drive next to the Tennessee Career Center. “It’s nice when you gamble a little bit on a program and it succeeds,” said TTC-Dickson Director Mark Powers. “When we opened the Solar Photovoltaic program in 2010, we were only the second training program in the state among technology centers. Now, we’re hitting our stride and making a real impact among Middle Tennessee employers in this budding field of solar panels installation.” Of last year’s graduates from the program, Powers said 73 percent obtained jobs within the field. The Career Center campus itself is saving an average of $600 a month in electricity costs from three solar arrays. The open house will be 10 am-2 pm Thursday, March 28, and will feature
displays and demonstrations from the program’s students as well as food and giveaways. Various civic groups are planning to hold meetings at the solar building during the week, including the Dickson Rotary Club, High Noon Rotary Club and Good Morning Rotary Club. The Dickson County Chamber of Commerce board of directors held its February meeting at the facility and the chamber will host a Business After Hours reception for members at the solar building Tuesday. Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial has signed a proclamation declaring Solar Week in Dickson County starting Monday. For more information, contact the Green Sustainable Energy campus at 446-5420 or the Tennessee Technology Center-Dickson’s main campus at 441-6220.