MCC garners $150K solar energy grant

Posted on 06.06.11 in Press Release

Huguenin Rallapalli, Foundation donor

Mohave Community College has been awarded a $150,000 grant to build a solar energy system on the college’s Bullhead City campus. The system is expected to provide about 5 percent of the campus’ electric power.

The grant, awarded by Mohave Electric Cooperative, consists of $50,000 provided by MEC’s Renewable Energy Program and $75,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

The remaining $25,000 was donated by the Huguenin Rallapalli Foundation, a private, non-profit based in San Jose, Calif., which provides funding for “worthy projects” in Bullhead City and in India, according Alan Klaas, executive director of the Mohave Community College Foundation.

“Kris Rallapalli and his wife, Philine, have been active for many years in promoting the use of solar energy systems in schools and homes, including providing financial support for a similar system at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River,” Klaas said.

Lynn Cundiff, MCC’s executive vice president, outlined the details of the MCC project at the May 13 meeting of the college’s governing board. The board will vote on approving the construction of a 33- to 37-watt solar array on the Bullhead City campus at its June 9 meeting in Lake Havasu City.

If the project is approved, construction will begin immediately, and the system is expected to be completed and operational by September, Cundiff said.

“As part of the project, MEC has committed to advising the college on all the appropriate paperwork, RFPs and construction documents,” Cundiff said.

Mohave Electric Cooperative grants for the installation of photovoltaic systems were also awarded to seven area schools. In 2009, 10 schools and the city of Bullhead City were awarded grants. Nine of those projects were completed in 2010.

“These projects bring immediate economic development dollars to our local communities during the construction phase,” said MEC’s Chief Executive Officer Tyler Carlson. “Long-term, the sustainable benefits accomplished by saving energy dollars through renewable energy benefit the cooperative’s members and taxpayers by helping control operating costs for education and government.”

Cutline: Mohave Community College President Michael Kearns, left, and MCC Foundation Executive Director Alan Klaas, right, greet Krishna and Philine Rallapalli, of the Huguenin Rallapalli Foundation, during MCC’s commencement ceremony, May 13 at the Mohave Crossing Event Center. The Huguenin Rallapalli Foundation contributed $25,000 of a $150,000 solar energy grant awarded to MCC by the Mohave Electric Cooperative.

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