A day after Earth Day, on Saturday, April 23, 2022, Just B Solar, a North Minneapolis program that has been making youth part of the solar revolution since 2016, hosted an all-day solar camp/workshop.
The event took place from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Shiloh Baptist Church in North Minneapolis and was sponsored with a seed grant Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS).
The campers were given instruction on how to build a mini-solar home 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. The campers were allowed to climb aboard the firetruck and even sit in the driver’s seat.
Afterward, two mascots showed up: Sunny Solar (the sun on two legs) and Penny Panel (a solar panel). The campers screamed with excitement with each guest. Lunch was provided by Soul-2-Go Catering, and after lunch, the campers went back outside to take turns driving in one of two solar go-karts.
Just B Solar has hosted camps at the Breck School and several other locations in the Minneapolis area. This weekend was a homecoming of sorts for the organization as Shiloh Baptist Church was the very first camp hosted by Just B Solar back in August of 2016.
In addition, Keith Dent, the president and founder of Just B Solar, was the lead installer for the first community solar garden in Minneapolis, which happens to be on top of Shiloh Baptist Church’s rooftop. Not only is he the installer of the solar garden, but he is also a subscribing member as well.
For more information, contact www.Justbsolar.org or call 651-313-1793.
James L. Stroud, Jr. is a contributing writer and photographer at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.