Tri-Tech uses solar energy in the classroom

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-Tech Skills Center is going green. The school put in a large solar panel to help students explore energy efficiency.

Staff say the new panel provides power to the school and the energy is being used in classrooms. Some of the projects include students making solar cookers and solar-powered showers.

The center hopes the $100,000 investment will attract more students to the program.

"If you look around the Tri-Cities there are contractors who are putting solar and UV technologies on homes today, out on apartments, in Broetje Orchards, they're being applied today and our students will be prepared to work on these systems and help install these systems in the future," said Tri-Tech Director Paul Randle.

The next project planned is to bring in a wind turbine.
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