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Bright idea: Colony Oak getting $10K solar panel

The PG&E Solar Schools Program includes a solar based curriculum that will be included in the grant awarded to Colony Oak Elementary School. Children at another Northern California school are seen...

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POSTED January 28, 2013 12:30 a.m.

Colony Oak Elementary School’s grant application to the PG&E’s Bright Ideas Program will soon see the installation of an electricity producing solar panel at the Ripon campus valued at $10,000.

Unused space at the school is slated to be converted into a shade structure with a solar panel mounted on top.   A monitor displaying the generated energy from the panel will give students the opportunity to keep journals daily on the amount of electricity produced for their school. 

Since 2005 the Bright Ideas Program has awarded some $2 million to more than 300 schools.  The PG&E Solar School Program teaches the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency to K-12 public schools in Northern and Central California.

By turning school buildings into hands-on science experiments, the program makes science fun and teaches students how their everyday actions can positively impact the environment, according to reports from the utility.

The program includes a solar based curriculum training package, workshops for teachers and other Bright Idea grants. 

The available scholarships designed to promote environmental stewardships in the Bright Ideas Program are available from $1,000 to $10,000 grants.

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