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High school students construct a solar-power tractor

Posted by Green Fun Store on 5/2/2011 to Current News/Events of John Deere
With renewable energy sources becoming a mainstay throughout the world, it only makes sense that the younger generations get an early start on living green. In Cañon City, Colorado, high school students have spent the entire year converting gas-powered vehicles into solar-powered ones.

The students in the Cañon City High School's automotive class are spending the majority of their time working on a 1978 Fiat X19, which presents enough of a challenge to take a year or possibly longer to complete. With the help of external grants and donations, these students were able to receive the necessary components to convert from gas-power engines to solar-power. The contributors include the Pueblo Community College, Napa Auto Parts and Johnson Control. As many of these students plan to pursue careers in the automotive industry, this type of hands-on experience is the best way to learn the ins-and-outs.

The students spent much of their time converting a Classic John Deere gas-powered tractor to a battery-powered operator, equipped with a snowplow to make sure it remains just as functional as before. The project was a success, encouraging the teens to continue the trend.