PG&E enrolls 19 high schools in the Solar Suitcase Program

Published on October 04, 2016 by Daily Energy Insider Reports

Helen Burt

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) selected 19 high schools in California on Wednesday to participate in the second year of the Solar Suitcase Program, proving clean and renewable energy to approximately 2,400 students throughout Kenya.

Each selected California high school will be provided with approximately $8,000 worth of equipment and professional development training. The Solar Suitcase Program is a partnership program from PG&E and the non-profit We Care Solar.

Students from the 19 high schools will build portable solar units in the form of suitcases. The Solar Suitcases will then be delivered to students in Kenya. The suitcases are estimated to provide lighting to approximately 2,400 Kenyan students.

“I love that PG&E’s Solar Suitcase Program combines education in clean energy with fostering a spirit of community service,” Vice President of PG&E Helen Burt said. “It’s about helping students act locally and think globally.”

The We Share Solar Suitcase is a portable photovoltaic lighting system that can provide enough power to light a small room. PG&E will supply approximately 100 additional Solar Suitcases units to participating schools so that the students and faculty may become accustomed.

Approximately 1,100 students across California are enrolled in the Solar Suitcase Program.