For years Northeastern Junior College and Nextera Energy have had a great partnership and now that partnership is expanding. Friday afternoon the college celebrated the groundbreaking of a new Solar Learning Lab donated by NextEra.
“NextEra Energy was really pivotal in starting (the wind tech program) back in 2008, but even in previous years before that they helped us build and develop the program, along with some of our other partners out here in northeast Colorado,” said Jason Hazlett, chair of NJC’S Renewable Energy Department.
Hazlett used to work for NextEra Energy himself and in 2011 he moved into teaching. Since he came on board at NJC and even before that NextEra has been great at supplying parts, motors, and anything the program may need.
In 2019, the company donated a nacelle and a hub to NJC and in 2020 they donated a GE 1.5 hub, along with 800 solar panels with the intent of the college developing a learning lab on campus.