Hidden Valley Elementary School has been awarded a partial grant to have a Solar “PV” System installed and receive the distinct honor of being named an NC GreenPower Solar School.
The Hidden Valley Elementary School family is dedicating the Solar PV System posthumously to Amani Barringer.
Barringer was accidentally shot by her brother and died due to her injuries.
Her untimely death has left a deep hole in the hearts of her family, the community and the school.
“Honoring our little eagle through this teaching and learning tool is our effort to heal this inexplicable hurt, remember her vivacious spirit, and forge a sustainable path to environmental stewardship while advancing social and economic mobility within our Hidden Valley community,” said Kaz Muhammad, Hidden Valley Elementary School assistant principal.
According to the 2019 U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study published by the Solar Foundation, the U.S. Solar Industry employs a workforce where the cumulative representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) is 27%.
The disparity is even more acute when you drill down by race and ethnicity with only 8% representation for persons who identify as Black.
The study also gathered gender-specific data and reported that, irrespective of race or ethnicity, only 26% of the entire solar workforce are women. In an industry that has penetrated the marketplace in all 50 states, that lack of diversity and inclusion points to a fundamental need for more robust and representative pathways to careers for BIPOC, according to the Solar Foundation study.
The school hopes that the NC GreenPower Solar School Grant will not only honor Barringer’s memory, but that it will also allow the school to prioritize pathways to solar careers for underrepresented community members.
The grant provides a Solar “PV” System replete with Solar Photovoltaic Panels, a weather station, real-time data monitoring, a S.T.E.M. curriculum from NEED.org and training for our teachers.
The grant also provides SunPower solar modules for the entire school.
Hidden Valley Elementary School is responsible for raising $9,000 to pay for its portion of the PV System’s cost by Oct. 30.
To donate via check, please make payable to “NC GreenPower” and be sure to note “Hidden Valley Elementary School” in the memo section of the check. Mail to NC GreenPower, Attn: Solar Schools, 909 Capability Drive, Suite 2100, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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