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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

October 09, 2018

The White River Valley Electric Cooperative visits College of the Ozarks engineering students

C of O students learn about integrating solar energy into the electric grid.College of the Ozarks engineering students tour The White River Valley Electric Cooperative solar energy demonstration trailer on Sept. 27, 2018, discussing the benefits and challenges of integrating solar energy into the electric grid.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The White River Valley Electric Cooperative brought their solar energy demonstration trailer to College of the Ozarks on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

Third-year engineering students toured the trailer and discussed the benefits and challenges of integrating solar energy into the electric grid as they learned from the White River power engineers.

The interactive class presentation was arranged by Geoff Akers, assistant professor of engineering.

“We appreciate the White River Valley Electric Cooperative bringing their solar power research trailer and spending time with our engineering students,” Akers said. “Reiny Cash and Scott Brinley took the time to explain the benefits and drawbacks of solar and other renewable energy sources to students in the Circuits and Systems course. Mr. Cash’s discussion of real and reactive power, as well as resistive and inductive loads, reinforced concepts we have been discussing in class this semester.

“Renewable energy sources, such as solar cells, are often presented as the future of the U.S. power grid; however, there are financial, environmental, and technical challenges to large-scale implementation. For example, the largest demand for power is late afternoon to early evening, while solar cells reach peak performance when the sun is directly overhead. The WRVEC employees presented this dichotomy and other challenges and opportunities associated with renewable energy to third-year engineering students.”

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


10.09.18 – Lauren Presley



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