Solar for Students expands to Central Virginia
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Dominion Energy's Solar for Students program has added five new schools and one children's museum to its growing lists of participants. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center is one of the new schools.
A brand new solar panel will be installed in the front of the building this fall. The technology will not only be used to harness the sun's energy, but use a teaching tool.
Solar for Students is a rapidly growing program that allows students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with solar energy. The program could also lead toward local career opportunities in the ever expanding solar power industry in the Commonwealth.
Daphne Keiser, Strategic Planning Officer of CATEC, believes this will greatly benefit the students.
She said, "Students will be able to monitor usage within our building but they also will be able to monitor uses in their base schools as well as throughout various communities. so it's a global program."
Jon Proffitt, Director of Business Development for Sigora Solar, looks at this program from more of a business angle.
"Because Virginia is a relatively new market for solar, we don't see a lot of trained solar installers here locally. We oftentimes have to look outside of the state.This is just an exciting opportunity to get more local installation labor and skilled expertise just in our backyard here," stated Proffitt.