Monitoring, Solar

Grants for CA Schools’ Solar Education

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced the first 10 schools selected to receive installations of 1 kW solar generation systems. PG&E also announced the first 10 schools chosen to receive $5,000 “Bright Ideas” grants for their innovative solar science projects.

In 2005 alone, The PG&E Solar Schools Program includes $1.5 million in funding for: –Solar generation systems: 20 schools will be awarded installation of a new 1 kW photovoltaic (PV) system (valued at $20,000) that converts sunlight into electric power at the school site, for educational use. An online monitoring tool that provides real-time data on the system’s activity and the amount of electricity generated is included along with a curriculum and teacher training. –Bright Ideas grants: $250,000 (in $2,500 and $5,000 grant amounts) will be awarded to dozens of schools that submitted successful ideas for innovative solar science projects. –Curriculum and training: A specialized solar science curriculum package and extensive training will be provided to more than 400 teachers. The grade-specific lessons help local schools meet statewide testing standards and bring the latest solar technology right into the classroom through lesson plans and solar-powered science projects. The Solar Schools Program will also provide the training through curriculum workshops in the fall. “Students may find a spark in the PG&E Solar Schools Program materials that encourages them to develop better ways to harness the power of the sun to produce the electricity and heat we need to live,” said California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.