TXU Energy and NEED will select several Texas school districts for the program reaching more than 36,000 students about renewable energy through science, geography and math. Approximately 40 school districts will receive a free 1-kW solar array that will be Web-based and will show real-time data on how much electricity is being generated.
"As TXU Energy continues to push for innovative energy solutions, we are proud to sponsor the NEED Project to help educate our children on the benefits of renewable energy," Jim Burke, CEO of TXU Energy said. "This program reinforces our commitment to renewable energy and education in a way that benefits schools, students and the community by teaching how advanced electricity-generation technologies work."
The arrays will have a 20-year life and will be accessible through the TXU Energy Web site. The Web site will enable students, teachers and parents to view real-time data on how much power is being generated, and it will demonstrate the resulting environmental benefit.
The TXU Energy Solar Academy program will offer solar-powered class project materials and energy-based lesson plans. Approximately 400 teachers across Texas will participate in a NEED workshop where they will receive interactive teaching tools and grade-specific lessons from kindergarten to high school.
"This program teaches educators and their students about all forms of energy while providing them the opportunity to learn about the solar electricity generated from the installations nearby" NEED executive director, Mary Spruill said. "We are pleased to partner with TXU Energy to provide this educational service to the students of Texas."