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The utility teaches school kids about solar power.
Fortnightly Magazine - November 1 2002
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AEP Spreads the Sunshine

The utility teaches school kids about solar power.

Reuters Events – Energy Transition North America 2022 – #ETNA2022 – Register Now – Houston, Texas; November 9–10

A merican Electric Power (AEP) has launched an innovative program that uses solar power to teach school children about renewable energy while-hopefully-getting them interested in math and science. The "Learning from Light!" program was started in 1999 by AEP, and now boasts membership of its 100th school.

It's a hands-on project for the kids.

The students choose the site and best angle for the solar panel. In fact, AEP has a Web site on how to make electrons work harder, i.e., "make electrons sweat," which details the efficiency of various solar panel angles from a true south, east, or west position. The kids will find out that the tilt of the panel is important. For example, at the first school to take part in the program, Bluffsview School in Ohio, the best tilt for average efficiency was found to be in the 40-degree range.

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