It’s hard to imagine life here in eastern Idaho without renewable energy. From our many hydroelectric dams to the most recent crop of wind turbines, we are dependent on this resource. The Idaho State University College of Technology Program is partnering with many of our area high schools to introduce students to the world of renewable energy.
There are certain sciences where it is just better to get your hands dirty. Now that the semester is over, the ESTEC Program at ISU has a little extra time and more than enough equipment to teach. The students are the foundation of this rapidly changing technology sector but there is still a long ways to go.
“The technology is in its infancy in a lot of ways,” said Tom Briggs of the ESTEC program. “It needs federal grants; it needs money to be put into it.”
Tom says energy from fossil fuel is still cheaper and easier to produce than from wind or hydro but he believes it won’t always be that way. Not every student will go on to a career in renewable energy but they are being introduced to technology, such as thermal water heating, that is good for the environment and could pay for itself many times over.
“The payoff period for installing this to get your house is less than two years,” said Briggs. “It’s paid off and then everything from that point to have hot water in your home is free. That’s a wonderful system that we are showing them and I want them to get a little bit of excitement to see that the future could have a lot more of this technology than what we have seen in the past.”
You can find more information about the programs offered from the ISU College of Technology at this link.