Following decades of success in solar energy projects, the Missouri Legislature designated Crowder College in 1992 as the State’s renewable energy education center. The resulting Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology (MARET) Center is recognized internationally for its contributions to the energy field.
The mission of the MARET Center is to expand renewable energy throughout the region with education, applied research, and economic development. Educational programs include certification and transfer degrees encompassing green construction, solar thermal energy, solar electricity, and wind.
Crowder College & Drury University teamed up to compete in the 2015 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
The once in a lifetime student-driven competition was an experience many cannot even imagine. Find out more about the team’s experience at: ShetlerR3
Crowder’s rich history in solar lead to the building of TSAR (Trans-American Solar Auto Run). TSAR was the first solar-powered vehicle to cross the continental U.S. from coast to coast in 1984. Today, it resides at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearbon, MI. The college went on to create STAR I, in 1987, which finished 2nd of U.S. teams behind General Motors and STAR II in 1990, which finished 8th out of 32 international teams. Solar Rayce Highlights
The MARET Center, a LEED Platinum, net-positive energy building that houses the alternative energy classes and labs at Crowder College was opened in 2012. The MARET Center is a green building, meaning that it utilizes environmentally friendly construction.
As the result of the efforts of Congressman Roy Blunt, nearly 3 million dollars in Federal funds were allocated for the construction of the 27,000 sq. ft. MARET Center, and these resources were matched by local private donors.
Programs like this (MARET) are crucial to the efforts we have for our economy and for our national security. Our Nation needs to have a new energy policy, an all-of-the-above strategy, and this is definitely part of that all-of-the-above strategy.” — Roy Blunt
(Read Congressman Roy Blunt’s statement carried on CSPAN)