Learn about the program

PG&E proudly sponsors a program to provide We Share Solar Suitcases® to Northern and Central California high schools.


PG&E is partnering with We Share Solar and the WE Charity to provide a new education program for Northern and Central California high schools focused on solar energy and STEM education.


The PG&E Solar Suitcase program, part of the company’s Better Together Giving Program, empowers high school students to build more than 100 portable solar electric systems, known as We Share Solar Suitcases®.


Encouraging students to "act locally and think globally," participation in this program is intended to inspire students to complete a local community service sustainability project. Students submit a short video highlighting their project for the chance to send one teacher and two students on a free humanitarian trip with the WE Charity where they will distribute the suitcases to energy poor regions of the world.

2016-2017 PG&E Solar Suitcase Schools

CitySchool

Bakersfield

North High School

Byron

Delta Vista High School

Chico

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences

Clovis

Buchanan High School

Daly City

Jefferson High School

Madera

Madera South High School

Oakland

Oakland Technical & Skyline High Schools

Petaluma

Sonoma Mountain & Carpe Diem High Schools

Pinole

Pinole Valley High School

Sacramento

Rio Americano High School

San Francisco

Lincoln High School

San Jose

Independence High School

Seaside

Seaside High School

Templeton

Templeton High School

Tracy

Tracy High School

Upper Lake

Upper Lake High School

Winters

Winters High School

PG&E Solar Suitcase stories

VIDEO: Students Act Locally, Think Globally with Solar Suitcases

Their futures are so bright they have to wear shades — especially the students involved in PG&E’s Solar Suitcase program. As this video shows, several students and teachers who participated in PG&E’s first Solar Suitcase program returned from delivering solar kits to communities in Kenya. It’s another example of PG&E’s commitment to STEM education and renewable energy.

High School Students Share Experience of Taking Part in PG&E’s Solar Suitcase Program

The Bakersfield students learned about electricity and how to build solar-powered suitcases to provide light. But they said the resulting global impact of their work, knowing it will help communities in Kenya, is the greatest benefit.

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

PG&E has 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.

To apply, schools must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Applicant teaches at a public high school in Northern or Central California receiving utility services from PG&E.
  • Applicant will attend a two-day training. (Hotel and meals provided by PG&E.)
  • Applicant agrees to design and implement a local sustainability project and video report.
  • School or district administrators co-sign and agree to possible student travel abroad.

Learn more about this program and how you can get your school involved (PDF, 136 KB)

Are you a high school teacher? Apply to participate in the program (PDF, 209 KB)

Teacher applications are due April 30.