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PG&E Awards Grants for Solar Science Projects in 39 California Schools.

ENERGY RESOURCE-10 January 2007-PG&E Awards Grants for Solar Science Projects in 39 California Schools(C)2007 JeraOne -

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded $200,000 in Bright Ideas grants to 39 underserved schools in northern and central California for solar science projects in 2006.

The Bright Ideas program is part of PG&E's Solar Schools education program, which awarded $1.7 million throughout the year.

The initiative provides grants of $2,500 and $5,000 to underserved schools in PG&E's service area for innovative solar science projects. The grants can be applied to classroom, after school, and summer projects that incorporate solar power science curriculum. PG&E works directly with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) to administer the grants and curriculum training. Since 2004, the program has provided over $335,000 in grants to schools in central and northern California. The complete list of 2006 grant winners can be found below.

"In providing Bright Ideas grants to fund innovative solar science programs, we hope to teach tomorrow's leaders about solar power and the environmental benefits of renewable energy," said Ophelia Basgal, Pacific Gas and Electric Company vice president of civic partnerships and community initiatives. "This goal would not be possible without the unwavering dedication of the program's teachers, who have found creative ways to convey the importance of renewable energy to their students."

The grants program is part of the PG&E's Solar Schools program. The largest program of its kind, PG&E's shareholder funded voluntary Solar Schools Program provides participating schools in underserved communities throughout northern and central California with a free 1.3 kilowatt solar energy installation and grade-specific curriculum materials designed to help each participating school meet the California Department of Education's standards for science, social studies, and English.

Since its inception in 2004, the program has also provided specialized solar science curriculum seminars to 1,000 teachers, benefiting nearly 59,000 students throughout PG&E's service area.

For more information and to apply online for a PG&E Solar Schools Program grant, visit

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