About

Hello, my name is Ken Clifton.  My wife Kathryn and I live on a small 38 acre farm just outside Salisbury, NC with our two daughters. I earned a Master of Science in Electronic Commerce (MSEC) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). After my master’s degree I did post graduate work in applied computer systems at UMUC. My undergraduate degree was in Information Systems  from Catawba College, located in Salisbury, North Carolina.  I was lucky to get started in IT after earning an associate degree in Business Computer Programming  in 1991 from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, North Carolina.  I earned my first Associate’s degree in Aviation at Wayne Community College back in 1979.

I create software in a variety of languages with the most popular now being Python and PHP. About 4 years ago I created a very popular plug-in for WordPress that retrieves solar power production from Enphase micro-inverters, aggregates it and renders production information in the WordPress sidebar.  That plug-in has been installed at over 118 solar installations in 17 countries.

I recently released another energy related plug-in for WordPress and the TED-5000.  The plug-in for the TED-5000 allows anyone to easily publish energy generation or consumption on a Website powered by WordPress.  The TED-5000 plug-in is an excellent addition to keep tabs on Solar, Wind, Micro-hydro or energy consumption. My TED-5000 plug-in is used here to produce the solar production graph and information on the right of this page.

I am a Full-time Instructor for Computer Information Technology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College  (RCCC) located in Salisbury North Carolina.  I also teach some “Energy Series” classes on Going Green, Solar Thermal and Solar Electric Generation at RCCC.  Before teaching at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, I was a full-time Instructor at Catawba College for four years.  I have also served as the Associate Vice President for Technical Services at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.  I served for seven years as the Information Systems Manager for the City of Salisbury.  I  have worked as a programmer / analyst for several different companies such as Panasonic, Fieldcrest Cannon, Central Carolina Bank, and Rowan County.  I have also taught Networking, Visual Basic, IBM AS/400 programming, and systems analysis during the evenings at Catawba college.

My entire education has been accomplished at night and on the weekends while working full time and maintaining numerous certifications ( LEED-GA, CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSD, MCDBA, MCT, LINUX+,  A+, Net+ and CTT+) .

Renewable Energy
To validate my sustainability expertise I took and passed the LEED-GA accreditation exam by the U.S. Green Building Council.  My family is real close to having a zero carbon footprint. My wife Kathryn and I both drive Chevrolet Volt Extended Range EV(s) everyday.  We switched to Chevy Volts after we both had bad experiences with early battery degradation on our two Nissan LEAF EV(s).  We are much happier with the Chevy Volts! We heat our home with biomass energy.  We use evacuated tube solar thermal to heat our water and we generate about 80 percent of the electricity that we consume using a 9.065 kW solar electric PV system. Please see the renewable energy link to read more.

Social Networking Contact Information
Search for “Ken Clifton” on Facebook.  Follow me on Twitter @ken_clifton

Free Time
The combination of two young children and a small farm pretty much negate any free time.  When opportunities present themselves I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kathryn and daughters Sarah and Emma.  I also enjoy restoring older John Deere tractors.

Sarah and Daddy

About 14 years ago I planted some experimental Hybrid American Chestnut trees. I lost about ten of the trees in the Winter of 2004. So far about 35 are living.  We harvested about 3,200 chestnuts last fall. If you want to know more about chestnuts please click the leaf graphic.

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