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Solar Education Program Teaches Green Tech Skills in High School

Solar Education Program Teaches Green Tech Skills in High School

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Hillsdale High School, San Mateo County, CA, will soon be kicking off a long-term project to produce more solar energy on campus and learn green tech job skills.

The grant-funded program through the BP "A+ For Energy" program is new to the school this year. Students and teachers are partnering with Owens Solar and Electric, a San Mateo solar provider, to learn about energy conservation, renewable energy and how it can be implemented into the classroom.

"It’s important for people to start learning about solar," said 17-year-old senior Erin Fisher. "And if a high school starts a program; if we do it, and it works, maybe other people will use renewable energy."

Fisher was one of the 14 teens at the first meeting who learned the basics of solar — an exciting opportunity for the environmentally-savvy teen.

The lesson was also the first chance Jimena Gutierrez had to learn about the renewable energy source. Gutierrez, who hopes to study engineering, became interested in solar power during the summer while studying at Santa Clara University. This year she chose to make solar power part of a larger project. Working on this project will teach her the hands-on aspect of solar energy.

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The $10,000 will include $4,000 for solar panels; $2,000 for teacher stipends; $2,000 for equipment and supplies; $1,000 for a field trip; and $1,000 for community outreach, according to information given to the San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees.

A select group of about 20 students will learn how to install solar panels, which they will later install. The first installation is estimated produce enough energy for half a classroom.

SOURCE: San Mateo County Journal

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