Smart Energy Training Center


The Smart Energy Training Center showcases current technologies to the community and industry offering enhanced hands-on training in an unconventional lab-type atmosphere. The center is located within the Heavy Equipment Building with access to existing infrastructure and parking. It benefits the Air Conditioning Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)/Surveying, Electrical Technology, Information Technology and Welding Technology programs. No such training facility exists within the KCTCS system or in Eastern Kentucky.
The center will include solar panels, home automation capabilities, a large wiring closet, emergency power hook-up capabilities, geo-thermal training unit, energy audit testing equipment, heat pump training units, air condition training units, grid-tie-in capability, wood and aluminum framing, PCL units, earthquake building specifications and a conference/training area with smart classroom technology.
HCTC expects to serve approximately 1,954 people per year with this project. Approximately 124 Air Conditioning Technology students, 20 CADD students, 190 electricity students, 120 plumbing students, 36 welding students, 120 students taking the energy auditing course, and 60 information technology students will benefit from the prototype green technology house each year. Additionally, it is expected that approximately 250 people from business and community partners will benefit from the demonstration of this new technology.