The five-year grant supports a program linking science and technology with international philanthropy and service.
SAN FRANCISCO, California, USA, March 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — As part of its commitment to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and reduce the impacts of climate change, Wells Fargo is providing a financial support for students at eight San Francisco Bay Area schools to learn the basics of engineering and the potential impact of solar energy.
The five-year grant will support We Share Solar’s Legacy education program, connecting science and technology with international philanthropy and service. The dynamic and innovative program improves students’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills and knowledge of solar energy while raising awareness of energy poverty in other parts of the world.
“Wells Fargo is thrilled to support We Share Solar’s mission and the students who will play a critical role in the innovation of the future,” said Philip Hopkins, Head of Wells Fargo Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance.
In March 2021, Wells Fargo announced a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions — including its funded emissions — by 2050, along with plans to deploy $500 billion in funding for companies and projects. by 2030. Wells Fargo is committed to supporting our customers and communities in their transition to a net-zero carbon economy.
We Share Solar, We Care Solar’s educational program, provides middle school and high school students with a positive STEM learning experience that connects practical solar energy technical knowledge with inspiring innovation and humanitarian service. The We Share Solar program teaches young people that they can be agents of positive change and highlights clean, renewable energy as a powerful solution to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
We Share Solar provides valuable STEM education and job training with real-world application. The Legacy Program allows We Share Solar teachers to guide students through an impactful educational and service-learning project by building and sharing a self-contained 12-volt DC solar system, the We Share Solar Suitcase, with young people in fuel poverty. communities. The Solar Suitcase is capable of handling up to 200 watts of incoming solar electricity and can light up classrooms and charge devices. It is an easy-to-use and easy-to-carry complete solar electric system that can transform schools into communities without access to a power grid.
The We Share Solar Legacy program is off to a great start for the 2021-2022 school year. Despite a rocky start for teachers returning to classrooms after pandemic-related closures, the eight solar suitcases funded by the first year of the grant have been distributed to science teachers in Northern California. Classrooms will return completed solar cases later this year for deployment in rural and refugee communities in Kenya and Uganda.
Wells Fargo team members from San Francisco, Charlotte and Minneapolis have been instrumental in supporting the program as classroom volunteers and mentors on clean energy career paths. With support from Wells Fargo, a new We Share Solar program will launch in Washington DC this year. Over the past six years, Wells Fargo has helped more than 9,000 students build solar suitcases in 54 school programs. These suitcases have benefited over 100,000 people with approximately 2.3 million hours of lighting and appliance charging in low-energy communities in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and on native tribal lands.
For more information on We Share Solar’s award-winning programs or to donate, go to https://www.wesharesolar.org/
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