Times-Call (Longmont)

PRPA to sponsor middle school solar car race

- By Bizwest bizwest@medianewsg­roup.com

FORT COLLINS >> Platte River Power Authority will again sponsor the Noco Time Trials, a solar and battery model car competitio­n for middle school students from Estes Park, Loveland, Fort Collins and Longmont.

“As we celebrate 50 years of proudly serving our owner communitie­s, we’re excited to once again host the Noco Time Trials for students to learn about solar and battery technology and the future of energy in our state,” Jason Frisbie, general manager and CEO of Platte River, said in a press statement. “We want this event to inspire as many students as possible to pursue education and careers in energy, particular­ly during this transforma­tive time in the electric utility industry.”

Registrati­on to participat­e is open, with the event taking place at Platte River’s headquarte­rs campus in Fort Collins on Saturday, May 6.

Teams that register on or before Friday, Feb. 10, will receive model car kits from Platte River.

Forty-six student teams from 12 schools participat­ed last year. A number of those teams also participat­ed in a state competitio­n.

Of the nine schools that placed in the state competitio­n, eight had competed in the Noco Time Trials.

“This is a fun and unique opportunit­y for students in our communitie­s to develop practical skills,” said Javier Camacho, director of public and external affairs, strategic communicat­ions and social marketing for Platte River. “The feedback we receive from teachers and students is abundantly positive, and we’re excited to expand participat­ion this year.”

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