Duke Energy awards $10,000 to support energy education in Halifax County, N.C.

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(News release issued by Center for Energy Education)

HALIFAX, N.C. -- The Center for Energy Education (C4EE) is pleased to announce its continuing partnership with Duke Energy to support education programs in Halifax County, N.C.

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a gift of $10,000 to the Center for Energy Education, a non-profit organization committed to providing energy education and training in Northeast North Carolina.

“Lending support to the Center for Energy Education, located adjacent to our 20-megawatt  Halifax Solar Project, helps advance education for teachers and students in Eastern North Carolina,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. “This aligns with our goals to continue growing renewable energy in the state and contributing to a strong economy.”

This funding will support C4EE ‘s efforts to provide professional development training programs for middle and high school science teachers. This  program focuses on a solar curriculum that equips teachers to bring all aspects of solar technology into the classroom.  To date, 22 science teachers from local public, private and charter schools have participated in the program.

“This will be our third year to offer this unique training  to our local science teachers” according  to Mozine Lowe, Executive Director of C4EE. “This training takes our work directly into the classroom where we hope to inspire our students to become energy professionals.”

“We are proud that Duke Energy continues the relationship with the Center. It proves that our efforts in the past few years have not gone unnoticed “ states Georg Veit, CEO Geenex and Chairman of the Board  for the Center for Energy Education. “We will continue to work in the communities and help provide the benefits of a changing energy landscape to our region. Energy Education is key to prepare for jobs in the sector, and an educated workforce is necessary to ensure the United States will continue being a leader in this sector.”

“High-quality professional development for teachers is a critical component to educating students about North Carolina’s growing solar industry,” said Tanya Evans, Duke Energy district manager. “We’re proud to support C4EE and know this investment will extend beyond these teachers to the hundreds of students they reach every day.”

The 2017 Train the Trainer workshop for science teachers is scheduled for August 8-9 for middle school teachers and August 10-11 for high school teachers. Both workshops will be held at the Center for Energy Education , 460 Airport Road, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

About C4EE

The Center for Energy Education is located adjacent to a 20 MW solar farm in Halifax County. C4EE’s mission is to build a place where education, research and industry-leading professionals work and learn side-by-side and to educate and inform the community about all aspects of energy, from generation to consumption. For more information visit, www.center4ee.org

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About Duke Energy Renewables

Duke Energy Renewables primarily acquires, develops, builds and operates nonregulated renewable energy and energy storage assets throughout the continental U.S. The portfolio includes utility-scale wind and solar generation assets which total 2,900 MW across 14 states from 21 commercial wind and 63 solar projects. The power produced from renewable generation is primarily sold through long-term contracts to utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities and commercial and industrial customers. Learn more at Duke Energy Renewables.

About Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.

Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

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Mozine Lowe, Center for Energy Education, 252-326-2575

Tammie McGee, Duke Energy, 800.559.3853