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PG&E awards $10K Bright Idea grant to Manteca high School
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company has  announced that 14 schools including Manteca High within the company’s service area have been selected to receive up to $10,000 each in Bright Ideas grants.

The money will be used to help their districts reduce energy usage, save money and help students learn the importance of environmental stewardship. Manteca High School in Manteca was awarded $10,000.

As part of the larger PG&E Solar Schools program, the Bright Ideas Grants program promotes the understanding of renewable energy in public schools throughout Northern and Central California. In 2009, PG&E awarded $250,000 in grants during the spring and fall to credentialed teachers, administrators and facilities managers within five major categories:

• Educational solar projects

•Youth energy and environmental programs

• Renewable energy or science related field trips
• Green your school projects  

•Professional development/service learning projects/ workforce development programs

 The PG&E Solar Schools Program includes installation of photovoltaic systems in public schools, a solar-based curriculum training package, workshops for teachers and Bright Ideas grants. Since its inception in 2004, PG&E shareholders have contributed more than $8 million to the PG&E Solar Schools program. With more than 125 schools participating throughout PG&E’s service area, the program has trained more than 3,000 teachers, benefiting nearly 200,000 students.

 PG&E partners with leaders in education and the solar industry to deliver the training and infrastructure associated with this program. The National Energy Education Development Project manages curriculum training and administration of the grants, and the Foundation for Environmental Education coordinates installation of the donated photovoltaic systems.

PG&E’s award-winning Solar Schools Program is nationally recognized for teaching the value of renewable energy. It has been awarded the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) Annual Innovation award, named “Education Innovator of the Year” by the San Francisco Business Times and received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.

For more information about PG&E Solar Schools Program, please visit our web site at