Photos: Repower Our Schools Teaches Charlotte Students About Solar

by Hanna Mitchell

June 9, 2015

At the end of May, the Repower Our Schools coalition wrapped up a Charlotte, North Carolina schools tour with the Rolling Sunlight, a solar power demonstration truck. The truck went to ten schools and three public events in Charlotte, giving students and community members a hands-on experience with solar energy.

Check out the photos below for highlights from the Charlotte tour:

Repower Our Schools - Charlotte, NC

The Rolling Sunlight was designed to be both a carbon neutral vehicle and mobile power plant. The truck features a biodiesel engine and a 2.4Kw solar array.

Repower Our Schools - Charlotte, NC

For the tour, we made solar powered popcorn using energy from the panels.

Repower Our Schools - Charlotte, NC

After sunlight hits the panels on the truck, a stream of electrons flows out of the panels in the form of direct current (DC) energy. There is a system of batteries and inverters inside the truck that transform the DC energy to alternating current (AC) energy and stores the power.

Repower Our Schools - Charlotte, NC

Prior to the truck stop at Myers Park High School, students gave presentations to teach their peers about solar energy.

Repower Our Schools - Charlotte, NC

The truck had a chalkboard on the back for students to imagine what their school would look like with renewable energy.

Repower Our Schools - Charlotte, NC

Many thanks to all of the volunteers, coalition partners, students, parents, and teachers who made the tour possible!

Hanna Mitchell

By Hanna Mitchell

Hanna Mitchell is a Field Organizer for Greenpeace USA based in Charlotte, NC. She works to bring clean, safe, affordable, and renewable energy options to communities in North Carolina.

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