Kyoto, Japan [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] In the center of Japanese-based Kyocera Corporation’s solar energy business in Shiga Prefecture, elementary and junior high school students at five schools are receiving solar environment classes.The ‘Eco Lessons’ are designed to heighten interest and understanding with the coming generation in solar energy, the “electricity generation technology that does not produce greenhouse gases.”
Kyocera has been sponsoring environmental awareness activities with elementary and junior high school students since the completion of its new headquarters in Kyoto in 1998, with observation tours of the solar power generation systems (total output of 214 kilowatt) which are installed at the building.
In 2002, the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched a project to offer environmental classes to elementary school children and Kyocera was invited to join the project through dispatching its employees as instructors. Soon after, requests for the instructors started coming directly from schools genuinely interested in environmental issues and energy education.
Since the project started, more than 2,500 children have gained the opportunity to think about the global environment through lessons on solar energy.
“At Kyocera, we greatly value the opportunity to talk to children about solar energy,” says Norio Nakamura, Solar Energy Division, Kyocera Corporation. “In the lessons, children climb onto actual solar modules to feel how durable they are, and are given various solar toys, which introduce them to the ‘mystery’ of how light from the sun is converted into electrical energy.”