Two local high schools will join 17 other California schools in making “solar suitcases” designed to light rooms for use in Kenya, Highlands Energy said.
Hoover High School in Fresno and Buchanan High School in Clovis will participate in the new Solar Suitcase Program, Highlands Energy said. Students will build portable solar units, share their commitment to sustainability and have an opportunity to share the solar suitcases with orphanages, schools, and medical clinics in Kenya.
“PG&E is a champion of education, providing nearly $70 million to local schools throughout Northern and Central California over the last decade,” said Helen Burt, senior vice president of corporate affairs for the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. “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.”
The Solar Suitcase is a portable photovoltaic lighting system, with the ability to generate enough electricity to light a small room. PG&E will deliver 100 suitcases to the schools, giving students the opportunity to learn how to develop solar energy, provide light and participate in a humanitarian effort.