The Hill reports that more than 5 percent of K-12 schools in the United States now produce and run on solar energy, thanks to solar programs taking place in states like California and Virginia.

Solar power developers and school districts have found a mutually beneficial relationship as some solar companies have begun using school roofs to install solar farms, according to The Hill. In Virginia, Dominion Energy has successfully created a curriculum and teacher training program in partnership with the National Energy Education Development Project.

The programs result in more clean energy, savings for school districts, and a new way to get students directly engaged in science.

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