The Nebraska Environmental Trust has made curriculum kits worth $31,250 available to 100 K-12 schools in Nebraska for a pilot project on solar energy.

The program’s purpose is to provide resources for teachers to facilitate integration of more solar energy education into their classrooms or after-school programs. Schools will receive cross-discipline lesson plans, projects and activities. Resources are also provided for those who want to install a photovoltaic (PV) system at their school.

The kits have been offered to schools in Nebraska towns and cities that have developed or plan to develop solar projects, including rooftop solar, solar farms or other installations. Solar communities provide educational opportunities such as classroom presentations and workshops, field trips and project development in collaboration with solar experts at local utilities, solar businesses, and community colleges that offer renewable energy training programs, for example.

Central Nebraska cities in the pilot project’s focus group include Aurora, Central City, Grand Island, Hastings and Loup City.

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