July 25, 2019
FPL SolarNow Program Helps Energize STEM Education with Girl Scouts
FPL has long been committed to supporting STEM initiatives that prepare students for the future, especially because there are so many stimulating job opportunities in the field (including the fast-growing solar industry).
One of the many ways we support STEM education is via partnerships with organizations like the Girl Scouts.
We recently celebrated the debut of a new solar canopy in Sarasota alongside our FPL SolarNow partner, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. As they say…“Who runs the world?” GIRLS!
Together with dozens of local Girl Scouts, we unveiled our solar canopy installation at the Girl Scouts’ headquarters. In addition to generating clean energy, the unique 150-foot installation inspires visitors and the Girl Scouts to learn more about the importance of renewable energy. With 126 solar panels, the canopy also provides covered parking for 20 vehicles.
Onsite, several Girl Scouts also participated in fun, hands-on solar science experiments that demonstrated how the sun can be harnessed to create energy to power a small hand-held fan.
SolarNow Digging Deep Roots in Sarasota and Bradenton
In addition to the new canopy at the Girl Scouts headquarters, campers at Camp Honi Hanta, a popular camp in Bradenton used by the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, are enjoying shade under the SolarNow solar tree that was installed on the campgrounds.
The Future is Female
It is no secret that STEM education is critically important to ensure that today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s competitive economy. We are committed to collaborating with organizations like the Girl Scouts to share the importance of solar, encourage female leadership and inspire young minds through STEM.
Over on the east coast of Florida, we recently hosted more than 50 local Girl Scouts for a fun-filled, educational day. The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida were the first to receive the NextEra Energy Renewable Energy Patch in support of STEM education. The special patch was developed in partnership with the Girl Scouts to enrich young female students’ experiences in STEM and prepare them for a fulfilling future.
Follow our blog to find out where our solar installations are popping up next. And remember to stop by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Florida’s locations to check out the solar arrays up close and personal!