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It’s time to race! Rev up your engines for CPP’s 2nd Annual Solar Sprint

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

We’re gearing up for the 2nd Annual Cleveland Public Power Solar Sprint and we’re looking for Cleveland students interested in building their own race cars! If you have youngsters who like to take things apart and put them back together, who find enjoyment in math and science or who have a creative flair – they are the perfect candidate!

In an effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) hosted its first Solar Sprint last fall and it was a huge success. Students participated from the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles E. Mooney and Tremont Montessori as well as The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, among others.

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Contestants await the signal to start their cars. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Sprint is a miniature solar-powered car race. However, before you get to racing, you have to build your car. To build your prize-winning vehicle, each team will purchase a Solar Sprint Kit for $24*, containing all of the basic necessities i.e., solar panel, motor, and other necessities; however the bulk of the car is left to the ingenuity and imagination of the students.

There are two divisions for the competition – Junior and Senior. Juniors are students in grades 3-5 and seniors represent those in grades 6-8.

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

So to join the fun we need for you to do the following:

  1. Recruit team members (teams must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of four)
  2. Attend one of the Solar Sprint Engineering Workshops on Saturday, September 12th or Saturday, September 19th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  3. Build your race car
  4. Compete on Saturday, October 10 during Cleveland Public Power’s Annual Public Power Week Open House!

For more information call CPP’s Marketing Department at 216-664-3922.

*The $24 fee will be refunded on race day.

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There are only two days left! CPP Open House this Saturday, Oct. 11!

We are putting the finishing touches on a great day! We hope you’ll join us for the 1st Annual Solar Sprint, Power Pedal and all of the Open House festivities including Bucket Truck Rides, face painting and more! If that doesn’t excite you, this video should.

Here are some highlights from our week:

Celebrating Public Power Week with coffee and donuts.

Celebrating Public Power Week with coffee and donuts.

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We’re celebrating all week, join us!

Cleveland Public Power celebrates Public Power Week, October 5-11

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power (CPP) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5 – 11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.

We are excited about Public Power week because it allows us a chance to articulate why public power is such a good fit for Cleveland.  This year we’re especially excited because we are hosting our first annual “Solar Sprint,” a car race for children in grades 3 through 8, and a “Power Pedal” bike riding event for bicycle enthusiasts.  At the core of Public Power are the employees and customers that keep us in business, so we are also showing our appreciation with coffee and donuts for the staff and customers. Cleveland Public Power takes pride in serving the residents of Cleveland and is dedicated to providing reliable and affordable service.

Scenes from Cleveland Public Power's Westside Service Center Employee Appreciation for Public Power Week.

This morning our crews were greeted with Coffee & Donuts in Appreciation of their service and in honor of Public Power Week.

As part of this commitment to serve our community, CPP will host a Public Power Week Open House event in the parking lot of its Administration Building, located at 1300 Lakeside Avenue on Saturday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The activities include the “Solar Sprint Race” which demonstrates the importance of renewable energy; “Pedal Power” which will show bikers how much man power would be needed to generate power for an entire house; along with demonstrations on how power is transmitted from substations into homes, rides in a bucket truck, face painting and more family friendly activities.

“Cleveland Public Power recognizes the importance of keeping the lights on for the people of Cleveland, and we strive to continuously find ways to do so with special dedication to reliability, safety and the environment… after all, this is our community – your power,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power.

In business since 1906, CPP is the largest municipal power company in the state of Ohio.  Today, CPP boasts 36 substations throughout the city of Cleveland and serves more than 70,000 residential and commercial customers.  CPP remains strong, safe and reliable as it strategically positions itself for the future.  As one of the most reliable systems in the nation, CPP’s employees want its customers to know that they are committed to continuing to provide quality service for the next 100 years… you can Count on it!

Public Power Week is a national event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C.  APPA is the service organization for the community and state-owned electric utilities.

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