Fun and service in the sun!

Last month, YouthBuild Philly students in the IT & Business administration vocational track participated in the second annual Green Apple Day of Service by cleaning solar panels on top of the Crane Arts building in South Kensington, where our partners at Solar States are headquartered.

The 2013 Green Apple Day of Service featured 2,100 service projects in all 50 states and more than 30 countries.  We were proud to be part of this service movement aimed at creating  healthy, cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly learning environments.  (The view wasn’t too bad, either.)

If you’d like to see more photos from the Solar States array and learn about the solar knowledge and business class they’re piloting with YouthBuild’s ITBA track, click here!

Solar Knowledge is Power!

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At the start of the school year, our IT and Business Administration track launched a partnership with Solar States and Clean Currents to complement their Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative.  The partnership will feature a yearlong course for our 30 ITBA students.

This class – aptly named, “Find Your Power” – teaches students about both the vocation and business of the solar industry. The class will give students a deep understanding of the solar industry and how it relates to their everyday energy consumption. Students will also learn general business skills including marketing, finance, and project management.

The Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative will install solar panel arrays at twenty area schools to support about 30% of each school’s electricity use (wind power will support the rest).  YouthBuild ITBA students will assist in the development, design, and installation of the arrays.

Last week, students traveled to the Solar States offices in the Crane Arts Building to learn more about solar panels and see the large array of panels installed on the roof of the building! (You can see the array from above in Google Maps).  Here are some photos from that visit.

Keep an eye out for more updates from this exciting new project!