Dallas School Gets Solar Gift

Students learn about solar power

By Amanda Fitzpatrick
|  Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011  |  Updated 4:50 PM CDT
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Students learn about solar power through donated panels.

Amanda Fitzpatrick

Students learn about solar power through donated panels.

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Some Dallas students will learn about solar energy up close and personal.

TXU Energy donated eight solar panels to the Lakehill Preparatory School in Dallas on Wednesday to help establish a "solar academy" at the school.

Students who participate in the TXU Solar Academy are able to learn hands-on about solar power, through research, curriculum and lessons provided in the program.

"Solar energy is going to be a permanent field and the wave of the future. It's important that [the students] know about it," said Melissa Carpenter, teacher.

"If we can harness the sun's power that's going to be around for a long time we can advance and have more efficient ways to have energy," said student Bailey Ort.

The TXU Energy Solar Academy, part of a nationally recognized renewable energy education program, aims to help Texas teachers and students integrate energy education into their classroom and community activities.

The program provides teacher training, hands-on kits and curriculum, and a 1-kW web-enabled solar installation to participating school districts and educational institutions.

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