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22.11.2010 00:00

Kick-off of second phase of \Solar energy goes to school in Saxony-Anhalt\" school project"


Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 22 November 2010 – At Q-Cells in Thalheim, project initiator MUTING GmbH, together with the Saxony-Anhalt Ministry for Economic Affairs and Employment and project partners Q-Cells SE and Sovello AG, today signalled the start of the next phase of the "Solar energy goes to school in Saxony-Anhalt" school project. The main aims of the project are to involve the next generation in questions relating to future energy supply, give students a better understanding of how solar technology works and is used in everyday life and to highlight the career options in this "sunrise industry".

In a similar way to the first project phase, an additional 20 schools from Saxony-Anhalt will be integrated into the project. Photovoltaic systems will be installed on the roofs of these schools and they will be provided with handouts for the classes and a display to monitor the output values of these systems. The results, thus obtained, will be analysed via the specially created school portal at www.solar-schulen.de by interested students in voluntarily-assembled project teams. The general topic of solar energy and the analysed values are thus integrated into the lessons of all the school classes, as was illustrated by the "solar team" of the Jeetzeschule from Salzwedel. Seven students from classes 5 to 8 have been busying themselves with the system data since the installation of the photovoltaic system on the school's roof, which they presented to the participants as part of the event.

"Supported by students and teachers from the participating schools, the knowledge acquired from working with solar systems will be passed on to the entire Saxony-Anhalt region", explains Wolfgang Göppel, Managing Director of MUTING GmbH. "Highlighting the career options which exist in the solar industry plays an important role in this respect."

"The students of today are not only the power customers of tomorrow, but also the decision-makers, who can drive change in the energy supply sector", emphasises Stefan Balbierz, Sales Manager for Germany at Q-Cells SE.

In parallel to the installation of the solar systems, the teachers of the participating schools also receive further training, while a "Best solar school" competition, in which all schools can participate, has been launched in order to encourage the project teams.

MUTING GmbH, the initiator and developer behind the school project, was able to find strong partners in the form of regional and national companies. Q-Cells SE and Sovello AG are the local suppliers of solar modules for the region. The roof systems are installed by companies such as hb-Solar, GÜWAG and the TechnikCentrumThale. The inverters are provided by SMA. The school project "Solar energy goes to school in Saxony-Anhalt" is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF).

After the success of 2010, the project partnership expects this to continue into 2011, alongside the expansion of the school project beyond the region.