U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and George Villec of Geo Innovation discuss the solar panels atop the awnings at La Cima Middle School, where 54 solar panels, background, were installed in February 2008. The system generates approximately 15,000 kilowatt hours per year – enough energy to power 1.5 average-size homes, saving the burning of seven tons of coal per year and preventing the release of 10 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Last Thursday, Giffords announced introduction of the new Solar Schools Act, which would make it more affordable for schools to install solar power systems.

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