The opening ceremony at Platt Tech of the state's fourth E-House featured several students that participated in the construction of the E-House. During a special ribbon cutting ceremony held on Thursday, June 13 students like Mark Herde, a senior at Platt Tech who took part in equipping E-House joined lawmakers and state officials in ushering in the new program.

"My experience at the E-House has provided me with confidence and real-world skills, which will be beneficial in my future career. With a solid educational foundation like this, I am now able to use my own judgments on-the-job," said Herde, who plans to attend University of New Haven for Electrical Engineering.

Equipped with the skills he learned at the E-House, Herde has already helped family and friends with various plumbing problems in their homes. . featured several students that participated in the construction of the E-House and obtained internships or full-time positions as a result of their experience.

Considered the nation's first green construction learning laboratories for high school students, the goal of this initiative is to have an E-House at each of Connecticut's 17 technical high schools by the end of 2015. Each E-House incorporates weatherization and energy efficiency labs as well as solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems into the construction of the 16 foot by 20 foot structures, which are designed and built by students.

The E-House initiative is jointly funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), a quasi-public state agency, and is administered by Connecticut Light & Power and The United Illuminating Company.

The Connecticut Technical High School System in partnership with Energize Connecticut made the announcement of the opening of Platt’s E-House on Thursday.

"The E-House initiative is truly unique as it provides a clean energy and energy efficiency curriculum for students at technical high schools like Platt Tech, giving them the opportunity to conduct hands-on field work and earn professional certification, which will prepare them for a green career after graduation," said Dr. Nivea Torres, Connecticut Technical High School System Interim Superintendent.

Torres added that while energy efficiency and clean energy systems save money and help the environment across Connecticut, recognizing its overall economic impact is just as important.

"This initiative is a great example of Connecticut leading the way to help spur job growth in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, which are emergent industries. Our students graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to attain these green jobs post-graduation or continue their studies in a relevant field," she said.

Connecticut's first E-House was opened in September 2011 at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain. For more information on the E-House program, visit www.cttech.org