Dallas School Gets Solar Gift

Students learn about solar power

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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