US utility Dominion Energy is expanding its Solar for Students initiative by entering the North Carolina and South Carolina energy markets.
The aim is to expand its renewable energy infrastructure. The utility is partnering with the National Energy Education Development Project to provide technical support, install the panels, prepare educational materials for students and train the teachers.
Using funding from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, some 20 learning sites for K-12 students will be installed a 1.2KW photovoltaic system. The aim is to provide students with a hands-on learning experience about solar energy.
Each solar array will have a visual display that will show students and faculty real-time data on the amount of electricity generated. Each solar array will generate enough electricity to power 18 desktop computers, 40 ten-gallon aquariums, or 15 42-inch LED televisions.
During the 2019-2020 school year, 18 sites participated in the programme.
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The company will accept applications for participation until 6 December 2019, and will announce the recipients during the first quarter of 2020 for solar installations to take place during the 2020-2021 school year.