Photovoltaic solar panel expert to speak at SPC

April 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm 1 comment

As part of St Petersburg College’s Earth Day celebration, Rick Gilbert, president of Solar Source will discuss photovoltaic solar panels.  the lecture will take place in the SPC Clearwater Campus Teaching Auditorium on Thursday, April 22, 2010, 12:30-1:45pm.

The presentation is quite timely since SPC recently installed a thin-film solar system.  The 3.5 kilowatt system, which generates power for the electrical grid, was  installed on the roof of the LEED Gold Natural Science, Mathematics and College of Education building, already one of Tampa Bay’s most environmentally friendly buildings.

Some of Solar Source’s past achievements include:

  • Georgia Tech, Aquatic Center – Site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games
  • Australian Olympic Pool – Melbourne, Australia
  • State of Florida Governor’s Mansion – Tallahassee, Florida
  • Mazatlan, Mexico – Largest Solar Pool Heating System in the world
  • City of St. Cloud, Florida – Largest Solar Pool Heating System in the State

The lecture is cosponsored by SPC’s US Green Building Council Students and The Florida Engineering Society.

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at  Then visit, join the facebook group and follow us at



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  • 1. Knife Sets  |  November 18, 2010 at 9:03 am

    i could only wish that solar panels cost only several hundred dollars, i would love to fill my roof with solar panels ..`


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who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

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To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at

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