BY: TINA DETELJ
In this economy where jobs are getting harder to find, some students have decided to go green.
This is the third E-House in the state and it allows technical high school students to continue to get training for this growing industry.
Built by students and faculty at Ella Grasso Technical High school, this E-House is providing a valuable learning experience.
“The hot water goes into the lower side of that manifold and it runs through the floor,” said a student.
Students built the house from bottom to top and installed the solar photovoltaic and thermal systems. Future students will also get to upgrade it as new technology develops.
There is the radiant heating Taylor was talking about. A lot of the walls are windows so you can see the materials and technology being used.
That’s green technology students are able to master.
“You want it fluffy cause that keeps heat in,” said a student.
And convert into careers.
“Right now I am a full time water treatment plant operator at Groton Utilities. At their water treatment plant,” said Tyler Losacano, Groton Utilities.
Tyler Losacano and Kelsey Reeves studied heating and plumbing. He went to work and she’s now at UConn.
“From there I became in love with environmental engineering and that’s what I’m doing now,” said Kelsey Reeves, UConn Student.
Their experience igniting a passion in both, to succeed.
“I want to run the place one day,” said Losacano.
The prospect of more than 1,700 unique clean energy jobs have many seeing green in a good way.
“There has been an increase in terms of the number of applicants who want to come to the district,” said Dr. Nivea Torres, Interim Superintendent.
“We are continually looking for the best and brightest talent,” said Penni McLean-Conner, Northeast Utilities.
CL&P and UI both helped develop and implement this program.