PG&E awarded 25 schools in northern and central California with 1.3 kilowatt solar PV systems. Each system can generate enough electricity to fully power one classroom, potentially saving the schools hundreds of dollars per year.
The awards were part of PG&E’s Solar Schools Program, which aims to bring solar energy education to California’s schools. Any school in PG&E’s coverage area can apply for the yearly awards, but schools must agree to send teachers to solar energy education programs, include the systems in classroom curriculum and perform some sort of community outreach regarding solar energy.
PG&E also awarded nine schools up to $5,000 in grants for solar-based science projects.
Instituting these types of programs in schools is absolutely the right way to go, whether an electric company is funding it or not. The generation of kids in K-12 right now has grown up with climate change and alternative energy being major issues. My 4-year-old niece knows more about recycling and conservation than I did at 16. The overall ideas are catching on with children, but we need to do more to help them understand the science behind it and to inspire their future innovation.
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