Everblue celebrates new training facility

Tue, 2013-02-05 10:06

Thomas Edison once said, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” What started as a vision to bring building science and renewable energy concepts to life became an Everblue reality on January 11, 2013. After months of research, planning, design, construction, and good old-fashioned hard work, the Everblue team proudly announced the grand opening of a new training facility in Charlotte, NC. The 1800 square foot warehouse was transformed into a state of the art learning ground, complete with a solar array, a model home, and plenty of space for students to participate in a hands-on learning experience.

The Vision

The facility is designed to provide students with “real world” access to tools and materials in a safe, non-threatening environment. The Everblue team is also in the process of obtaining LEED certification for the building, which will make it an ideal foundation for green building education. Concepts to be taught in the new facility include solar PV installation, home performance testing and energy auditing, and weatherization. Students can try out tools, experiment with equipment, test concepts, and practice newly acquired skills.

Grand Opening

Everblue staff gathered with potential students, professionals, community organizations, and local politicians for a grand opening celebration in early January. Vince DiFranceso, Everblue’s vice president of operations and administration, kicked off the event and expressed the team’s enthusiasm. “This training facility marks our next step forward in providing hands-on training in solar, energy efficiency, and green building,” said DiFrancesco.

North Carolina State Representative Carla Cunningham, of District 106, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the training facility into the local community. “I am happy the [training facility] is here,” Cunningham said. “[Everblue] is bringing some type of clean energy into our community so that people can live better and healthier lives. “ The North Carolina State University EcoCar2 team presented their Vehicle Demonstration Process and discussed how they designed, built, and refined advanced technology vehicles. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM), the team is converting a Chevrolet Malibu into an advanced technology vehicle for a competition to be held later this year.

The Mount Pleasant High School Junior Engineering and Technical Society (JETS Club) displayed its electric-powered Porsche 944, which students converted from a traditional gasoline-powered engine to electric power. The project is part of the students’ ongoing research into alternative energy sources.

A Sustainable Future

Everblue is proud to partner with the local community in working toward a sustainable future. The time is now to make your vision for a green career a reality. Check out Everblue’s training courses in renewable energy, energy auditing, green building, and sustainability management.

By Amy Malloy

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