Monday, November 02, 2009

Solar Schools

The key to building grassroots support for any issue is public education. PG&E is taking that seriously when it comes to solar energy and is going back to school-- literally.

Through the "Solar Schools" program, the company has spent more than $8 million on a 125 schools in California, outfitting them with 1.3 KW solar arrays sufficient to power school operations, handing out "Bright Idea" grants, and working with the National Energy Education Development Project on school currculum about solar energy.

The Bright Ideas grants are $10,000 prizes awared to teachers and amisnistrators in fiver areas: educational solar projects, youth environmental programs, science-related field trips, "green your school" projects, and professional/workforce development programs.