Young campers discover solar energy

Just B Solar Workshop Participants
Photo by James L. Stroud, Jr.

One day after Earth Day, Saturday, April 23, 2022, Just B Solar, a North Minneapolis program that has been engaging youth in the solar revolution since 2016, hosted a one-day solar camp/workshop.

The event took place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church in North Minneapolis and was sponsored by a Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) seed grant.

The campers received instructions on how to build a mini solar house with a small cardboard box and mini solar panels and were entertained by a few guests throughout the day.

First, the Minneapolis firefighters from Station #20 showed up. Campers were allowed to board the fire truck and even sit in the driver’s seat.

Subsequently, two mascots appeared: Sunny Solar (the sun on two legs) and Penny Panel (a solar panel). The campers shouted in excitement with each guest. Lunch was provided by Soul-2-Go Catering, and after lunch campers headed back outside to take turns driving one of two solar-powered go-karts.

Photo by James L. Stroud, Jr. Just Be Solar President and Founder Keith Dent teaches attendees (lr) Ryu Haynes and Ronald Haynes

Just B Solar has hosted camps at the Breck School and several other locations in the Minneapolis area. This weekend was something of a homecoming for the organization, as Shiloh Baptist Church was the very first camp hosted by Just B Solar in August 2016.

Additionally, Keith Dent, President and Founder of Just B Solar, was the primary installer of the first community solar garden in Minneapolis, which sits atop the roof of the Shiloh Baptist Church. Not only is he the installer of the solar garden, but he is also a subscriber member.

For more information, contact or call 651-313-1793.


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