Get grant money for many things- expansions, computers, new programs ... in rockbridge county, the high school just got one for a renewable energy program.
Bruce young stopped by to see what's happening.
Nat if you want go solar, you might have to go outside.
Steven wilder, rockbridge county high school: "what's going to happen is, in this area that's just kind of a utility area right now, is going to be a small solar farm."
Using the $37,500 technology innovation grant rockbridge county high school got from the state.
Wilder: "the energy career field is wide open, lots of career paths.
But now we have this new prong of solar energy and wind energy emerging, and we're going to be on the leading edge of that kind of a career for our students."
Using the money to turn what is now an empty section of parking lot wilder: "you can kind of peek through there " and a utility building into a solar energy lab.
Principal jason white, lylburn downing middle school: "you can see, over 53,000 kilowatt hours since these were started back in the fall."
A more advanced version of what you find now at lylburn downing middle school.
White: "it's a really exciting opportunity for our students, and to be honest with you, we've barely scratched the surface of it."
Their rooftop solar array can be monitored through a large screen in the cafeteria, or online anywhere.
White: "it is a wonderful opportunity, especially for some of our teachers to be able to do some cross- curricular things."
Wilder: "now, they're going to be able to move from their middle school up into the high school and continue with their learning in solar energy."
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