South, Independence high school students installed solar panels for 2 Lamont homes

LAMONT, Calif. - High school students had a practical lesson in renewable energy Thursday.

A solar panel company called GRID Alternatives Central Valley, partnered with Independence and South high schools to encourage interest in science and technology careers.

The professionals and students installed panels for the Ramos and Lazos families in Lamont.

The "Classroom on the Roof" facilitated a hands-on learning experience and promoted photovoltaic energy.

GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that brings solar technology to low-income communities. Using a barn-raising model, GRID Alternatives leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar power on qualifying homes, providing needed savings for families struggling to make ends meet while preparing workers for jobs in the solar industry and cleaning the air.

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