United Solar Installs PV Array at School in Detroit

July 13, 1999 by Jeff Shepard

United Solar Systems Inc. (Troy, MI) recently announced a partnership with the goal of installing a multi-kilowatt Uni-Solar photovoltaic array on the roof of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. United Solar, a joint venture of Energy Conversion Devices (Troy, MI), Canon Inc. (Japan), Detroit Edison Co., and Cass Tech. will jointly implement the project, with funding from the Detroit Edison Foundation and the site of Michigan, the latter through the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. The project will give science and engineering students hands-on experience with a multi kilowatt solar array, and will build on a fully accredited solar curriculum that Detroit Edison previously developed for grades four through eight. This installation will follow on with the higher grades, encouraging high school students at Cass Tech. to reach out, through demonstrations, presentations and other means, to other students and the community in general to increase awareness of renewable energy options, according to United Solar. Once finalized and accredited, the curriculum will be made available to other schools.