Solar Partnership Generates Scholarships – and Clean Energy – for Virginia Beach Students

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Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has experienced first-hand how solar energy projects can strengthen communities. In addition to generating renewable energy while saving money, the district’s transition to solar energy is also expanding educational access for students pursuing technical careers. Sun Tribe Solar, VBCPS’s solar partner, committed over $17,000 in scholarship grants to VBCPS students attending Tidewater Community College (TCC). TCC agreed to match every dollar, doubling the impact to reach up to 200 VBCPS students with dual enrollment scholarships! Participating high school students earn tuition-free high school and college credit towards high-demand careers in their community – including Cyber Security, Welding, Hospitality, Vet Assisting, and Electrical Technology.

Sara Lockett, Director of Career and Technology Education, said: “The partnership with Sun Tribe is an integral part of Virginia Beach School’s work to build tomorrow’s workforce in our region. Sun Tribe is helping to open the door to successful and fulfilling futures in Hampton Roads for our students.” The partnership between VBCPS, Sun Tribe, and TCC is a great example of how collaboration and creative thinking can magnify the benefits of our clean energy transition far beyond the production of electrons.

VBCPS is regarded as a leader in its energy management and environmental stewardship approach, which was why Sun Tribe was so delighted to be chosen for its inaugural series of solar installations. VBCPS has four schools powered by solar energy, with several more currently under development.