The Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas today unveiled its first solar education program in conjunction with a new solar-powered pavilion at Camp Bayview in Harlingen, Texas. This solar project and the accompanying Solar Champion Patch Program designed to educate the Girl Scouts on “how solar works” were funded by a $35,000 donation from the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™!
Through the program, scouts from ages 5-17 can earn a “Solar Champion” patch by experimenting with various objects and building solar s’mores cookers. The 7.5-kilowatt solar array can generate 10,353 kilowatt-hours of pollution-free electricity each year, saving the camp about $60,000 on energy costs over the next 30 years. That’s enough to pay for 4,000 girls to be Girl Scouts.
“We are so excited to be working with the Sun Club to not only save the council money that can be put into use for more programming, but to be able to offer education on Solar Energy to our Girl Scouts,” said Danielle Altenburg, director of fund development for the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. “Girl Scouts is about teaching the girls relevant topics that apply to today, and solar energy is a hot topic that we can teach the girls in a fun and exciting way.”
View more pictures from this unique Sun Club solar project in our Flickr gallery below: