Solar Energy Technology Company ( Solar Thermal Magazine ) – Belmont, California.March 2013
SunEdison, a leading global solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE:WFR), today announced that the company is making a $20,000 donation to support the Lamont School District students’ participation in NASA’s “Summer of Innovation” 2013 program. The summer program provides hands-on learning opportunities for students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educational activities during the summer school break. The program is a key component of NASA’s broader education effort to increase student interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) courses, particularly among those in underserved sectors of the academic community.
The contribution is part of SunEdison’s ongoing commitment to supporting the communities in which the company develops projects and ensuring students have the opportunity to pursue STEM careers.
The program is held at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), a partner in the Summer of Innovation, and will benefit students in Kern County grades 4-8, providing an extraordinary learning experience for students from Lamont.
SunEdison is currently involved in three utility-scale solar projects in Kern County. Together, the projects are expected to generate approximately $43.6 million in sales and use taxes and $8.7 million in property tax revenues to Kern County. At their peak, the projects will add nearly 400 construction jobs to the county.
“SunEdison is proud to contribute to the Lamont School District and to enhance educational opportunities for local students,” noted Sean Kiernan, vice president and general manager of North American Utility for SunEdison.
This contribution is further evidence of our commitment to supporting STEM education and the communities we work within.
“We are thrilled to have SunEdison partner with Lamont for the benefit of our students and this summer’s NASA program and also to have the opportunity for future classes to tour the solar power facilities once constructed in our community,” stated Ricardo Robles, Lamont School Superintendent. “We appreciate businesses like SunEdison who reach out to the local school districts to add value to our education and benefit future generations.”
SunEdison is a global leader in delivering solar power. The company develops, finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using proven photovoltaic technologies, delivering fully managed, predictably priced solar energy services for its commercial, government and utility customers. As of December 31, 2012, SunEdison had interconnected over 989 Megawatts of solar electricity throughout the world. For more information about SunEdison please visit www.sunedison.com.