Finding The Cool In The Sun, Renewable Energy Lab Opens At Drake State

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monday's warm sunshine made for a cool morning at Drake State Technical College.

The school formally opened its Renewable Energy Laboratory on campus, showing off a small house cooled by a two-ton unit operating solely on solar energy.

"What was your first feeling when you walked in the door?" said Ricky Willingham, director of workforce development at Drake State. "This is cool. The sun is cooling this building. This sells itself."

Along with the renewable energy lab, the school also cut the ribbon on its original building that is now known as the Salon Management Technology Building.

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