Buchanan High School in Clovis and Hoover High School in Fresno are joining 17 other California schools in the first year of the Solar Suitcase Program. Under the program, students will build portable solar units, share their commitment to sustainability by participating in local projects, and have an opportunity to share the solar suitcases with orphanages, schools, and medical clinics in Kenya. The schools were selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., who have sponsored the project in conjunction with We Share Solar and Green Tech
Portable Solar Power
The Solar Suitcase is a portable photovoltaic lighting system, with the ability to generate enough electricity to light a small room. One hundred suitcases will be delivered through PG&E’s program to the schools, giving students the opportunity to learn how to develop solar energy, provide light, and participate in a humanitarian effort.
“PG&E is a champion of education, providing nearly $70 million to local schools throughout Northern and Central California over the last decade. The Solar Suitcase program allows us to pair that commitment with our focus on a clean energy future. By educating students on the importance of solar, we can both inspire them, and provide them with valuable tools for making an impact in their local communities and around the world,” said Helen Burt, senior vice president of corporate affairs for PG&E.
Helping Communities with Sustainability and Solar
The program has both a local and international focus, with sustainability projects available for students to participate in such as park cleanups, community gardens and water and energy conservation. Students will create videos based on their local sustainability project, and four students will be selected based on those videos to travel to Kenya with the charity Free the Children to deliver the solar suitcases to orphanages, schools and medical clinics.
To learn more about the program and nominate your school to participate, visit www.pge.com/solarsuitcase.