Liz Rozell is the director of the Bakersfield College Valley Strong Energy Institute and is the college’s former vice president of instruction.

We have always known that Kern County is a sleeping giant when it comes to the nation’s clean energy future. Well, the giant is stirring from its slumber.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy announced its selection of not one but two local projects to be part of an innovative new program to provide expertise to 22 communities for assistance transitioning to cleaner, greener energy sources.

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