PG&E Grows Solar and Promotes STEM with Solar Suitcase Program

19 local schools selected to receive portable solar units and compete for humanitarian aid opportunity

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) today selected 19 Northern and Central California schools to participate in the inaugural year of the Solar Suitcase Program. Under the program, students will build portable solar units, share their commitment to sustainability by participating in local projects, and have an opportunity to share the solar suitcases with students in Kenya.

Announced at We Day California earlier this year, the program is part of the company’s $250,000 sponsorship to provide sustainable energy project opportunities for local high schools. California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom helped launch We Day California 2015, and is a key partner in supporting the PG&E’s Solar Suitcase Program.

“I’m thrilled that PG&E is using solar to help students create lasting and sustainable action in California and abroad. This is a unique opportunity for students to combine environmental stewardship and technology, and to then share their experiences globally with students in Kenya,” said Newsom.

The solar suitcase, created by We Share Solar and supplied by the nonprofit Green Tech, is a small, portable photovoltaic lighting system, powerful enough to illuminate a small room. PG&E is supplying 100 solar suitcase units to 19 high schools throughout Northern and Central California. Green Tech will offer trainings on how to assemble the suitcases so that students can learn firsthand the basic principles of clean energy technical education.

“PG&E is a champion of education, providing nearly $70 million to local schools throughout Northern and Central California over the last decade. The Solar Suitcase program allows us to pair that commitment with our focus on a clean energy future. By educating students on the importance of solar, we can both inspire them, and provide them with valuable tools for making an impact in their local communities and around the world,” said Helen Burt, senior vice president of corporate affairs for PG&E.

Encouraging students to “act locally and think globally,” PG&E’s program includes both a local sustainability project and international community service opportunity. Examples of local sustainability projects include park cleanups, water and energy conservation teams, and community gardens. The international opportunity offers students from the 19 selected schools the chance to join a humanitarian solar suitcase delivery mission to orphanages, schools and medical clinics in Kenya with international charity Free the Children. Four students will be selected based on videos they submit of their own local sustainability project success stories. This unique global opportunity for local high school students adds a new dimension to PG&E’s commitment to education and renewable energy.

The full list of PG&E Solar Suitcase Program schools is below:

School Name   City
Stockdale High School   Bakersfield
Inspire High School   Chico
Konocti Education Center High School   Clearlake
Cloverdale High School   Cloverdale
Buchanan High School   Clovis
Herbert Hoover High School   Fresno
Cesar Chavez Middle School   Hayward
Tennyson High School   Hayward
Yosemite High School   Merced
Oakland High School   Oakland
Orcutt Academy High School   Orcutt
Folsom High School   Rancho Cordova
Foothill High School   Sacramento
Salinas High School   Salinas
Willie L Brown Jr. Middle School   San Francisco
Lincoln High School   San Francisco
Leland High School   San Jose
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School   Stockton
Templeton High School   Templeton

To learn more about the Solar Suitcase Program, visit or visit PG&E Currents for coverage of the We Day California announcement at

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), and the PG&E Corporation Foundation strive to power strong communities throughout Northern and Central California. In 2013, PG&E contributed more than $23 million to more than 1,300 charitable organizations, including matching the generosity of employees who donated more than $7.3 million and volunteered more than 75,000 hours to company-supported events. Community investments are funded entirely by the company’s shareholders. For more information, visit


Nicole Liebelt, 415-973-5930


Nicole Liebelt, 415-973-5930