Sustainability student attends solar installation class in Galena

Clayton Auld, UAF Sustainable Village resident and employee of the Office of Sustainability, had the opportunity to attend a solar photovoltaic design and installation class in Galena last fall.

According to Solar Energy International, the search for lower utility costs led the local city, tribe and school district to to install  what the community hopes will be the first stages of an eventual solar farm on an old Brownfield Site left behind by the Air Force. The City of Galena and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, who organized a Solar Energy International training class for residents, funded the project. The course was made possible through a training grant provided by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.