Teachers learn about wind, solar education at Recharge Academy

HARRISONBURG, Va.(WHSV) — The Recharge Academy, a week-long training academy for teachers to learn about wind and solar education, is being held at James Madison University this week.

The academy also teaches them about the various resources that are offered in the field, so they can take this knowledge back into their own classrooms.

Thirty-five teachers are attending the academy this year, and Remy Pangle, associate director of the center for wind energy at JMU, said this kind of training is important for teachers to have.

"It may not be part of our Virginia SOLs, but I think it's very important for students to be well informed on energy issues," Pangle said. "They're big issues of our time, and the more they know about their options, not only the fossil fuels, but bringing in the renewables. They are just more well informed citizens."

Pangle said this week's list of to-dos include traveling to Charlottesville to the Apex Clean Energy Headquarters and then heading to Washington, D.C. to learn about renewable energy policy at the federal level.