Thursday, April 07, 2005

Solar Power in the Schools

A couple of things on solar power in education. First, from, news of plans at Scotland's Napier University -- Merchiston campus to install solar panels that will partially power computers on campus. Also, "Professor Tariq Muneer, spokesman for Napier University’s School of Engineering, said: 'As well as providing clean power for the computers at Merchiston, we will also be using the solar panels as a research tool to look at how much energy they absorb and how much is converted into electricity."

And from, an announcement of the International Solar Energy Society and the American Solar Energy Society's 2005 Solar Schools -- Brighter Schools International Competition. "This international contest calls for student art and essays that express how solar energy is technology that's available now and to anyone." I think it's great to encourage students to think about alternative energy -- I wish this contest were not limited to students at schools that already incorporate solar power, as this contest could open up further educational possibilities.

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