Young Texans Learn About Solar Power

TXU Energy's Solar Day sparks interest in science and energy


Children of TXU Energy employees use mini solar panels and light bulbs to power handheld fans.

Children of TXU Energy employees use mini solar panels and light bulbs to power handheld fans.

Ninety-five young minds recently gathered at TXU Energy to learn about solar power and energy conservation during the company’s annual Solar Day event. In its sixth year, the event brings the children of TXU Energy employees together to see just how cool solar power can be.

Solar Day is just one example of TXU Energy’s focus on innovation and forward-thinking commitment to future generations and their potential power needs.

“Solar Day is a fun way to spark interest in kids about energy conservation and solar power,” said Scott Harrison, director of product management, LCI Sales. “We hope that they take that interest and share their excitement about what they’ve learned today with their friends and teachers.”

Children used mini solar panels to power handheld fans and light bulbs to illustrate how solar power causes beads to change colors and move objects.

“I love Solar Day, said Jennifer Pulliam, senior director of innovation at TXU Energy.  “It gives me a great opportunity to engage my kids in a different way and show them the importance of the work I do every day.”

Lucas, Pulliam’s 9-year-old son, said, “My favorite experiment is the one that uses light or the sun to power a motor. You can use the light bulb that is lit up. You hold the solar panel to it and that powers the fan!”

TXU Energy collaborates with the National Energy Education Development to bring the Solar Day program to several school districts the company serves.  This nationally recognized program has been introduced into 34 school districts and other educational facilities across Texas and trained more than 1,300 teachers that teach solar principles to 15,000 kids each year. The program provides a free, web-based one kilowatt solar panel, an energy curriculum for their classrooms, the ability to track their school’s generation of solar electricity with the program’s real-time data monitoring tool and interactive solar activities geared toward learning more about solar energy.

Learn more about the TXU Energy Solar Academy.

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