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In rural Colorado, the kids of coal miners learn to install solar panels

Where the mines once provided steady employment, solar energy now offers jobs for the next generation.

Ethan Bates and Cody Sauve adjust the wiring box on a solar array outside their Delta High School classroom. Bates’ father was a coal mine foreman. Luna Anna Archey/High Country News
Graves assists Allora McClellan as she tests the voltages of different solar panels. Luna Anna Archey/High Country News
A student carries a spare solar panel out of Ben Graves’ classroom to the class’ solar array. Luna Anna Archey/High Country News

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