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Solar Sunflower To Help Special Needs Kids Learn Science

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 1, 2012

It was a gift from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to Palmiter junior-senior high school in Arden Arcade.

The sunflower is in the school courtyard. It looks like a sunflower with six solar panels on top of an 18-foot-tall stem.     

The school stresses hands-on learning.   Brent Sloan with SMUD gave a demonstration to about a dozen students.  Jase Elias wanted to know how the condition of the solar panels affects performance, "What's the difference between a clean one, a dirty one, and a scratched-up one?" he asked.  Sloan said, "Actually that would be a neat experiment to run here, but I'll cheat and tell you that a really dirty panel over the course could limit you by about eight-percent"

The sunflower is the third donated by SMUD to Sacramento-area schools.  The fourth will be unveiled Tuesday in Elk Grove.

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