Organizations in San Jose came together last week to help Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose save energy, educate youth and provide life and job skill training. The solar company SunPower donated 90 panels at the iconic downtown museum. Clean Solar, along with students participating in the San Jose Conservation Corps, will install the solar panels.
“The Children’s Discovery Museum’s solar installation project is a great example of our ability to power an important learning facility in our back yard, educate visitors on environmental stewardship and teach those entering the workforce important skills in a growing sector,” said Doug Richards, executive vice president, administration at SunPower.
The San Jose Conservation Corps works with disadvantaged high school students to earn their diploma and learn new job skills. “To see this project come together in support of the museum’s Environmental Stewardship Commitment and also advance a job training program for disadvantaged youth is incredibly rewarding for us,” said Marilee Jennings, executive director of the museum.
The panels will be installed on the roof of museum’s new ‘Builder Building’ facility and will be the site for future environmental education programs. The donated panels will save the Children’s Discovery Museum between $6,000 and $7,000 per year, or roughly 50 percent of energy costs for Builder Building fabrication facility where the museum’s hands-on exhibits are built.
Educating youth about solar is a growing trend across the country. In this case, students are earning their diploma while getting the chance to showcase their skills and ability to learn firsthand with a solar company that could be a potential future employer. SunPower is doing other things to spur interested in solar careers through youth education. For instance, SunPower is hosting a solar energy summer camp which uses which uses science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) learning to help students learn about solar power.Tweet