Today, as part of the annual “Solarbration” at Paradise Intermediate School, PG&E presented a check for $10,000 to help fund the school’s solar education program.
As a surprise, PG&E also presented a $5,000 check that can be used to further professional development for the school’s celebrated science teacher, Greg Holman. The grant will allow Holman to attend national science conferences for educators.
Learning about solar energy continues to be important at that Butte County school, which PG&E has recognized as a model solar school. PG&E’s Lia White, energy solutions and services executive manager in PG&E’s Northern Region, presented the grants and recalled her early partnership with Holman when the company’s solar schools program was launched.
The school’s Evergreen 6 Academy has long had a solar curriculum. And Holman was named as PG&E’s Solar Schools Inspirational Educator of the Year in 2010, which earned him the chance to throw out the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game.
In 2005, the school installed a 1-kilowatt solar array and real-time monitoring technology. Then, in 2007, the school was awarded a $5,000 Bright Ideas Grant from PG&E’s Solar Schools Program. These monies were used to buy solar ovens that are used to bake snacks and meals for students as well as cookies that are used in fund-raising drives. These funds are going to be used to buy solar ovens for citizens in developing countries.