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Libro Investment Ignites Solar Learning
Technical Training Group

April 20, 2012: Each year Libro Financial Group sets aside 5% of profits for the Community Builder Grant Program. The main focus is to support youth initiated projects that develop leadership and employment skills among the region’s youth and build stronger communities. The Technical Training Group was awarded $10,000 last July 2011, for “Project Green” to give secondary students an opportunity to build their leadership skills by taking on two solar energy projects. With projects completed, the public will now have an opportunity to talk with students, view their efforts and increase their understanding of how solar power systems work.

On April 27th at 12 Noon, the Solar Learning Centre in the Stratford Northwestern courtyard will officially be opened. Information plaques designed and built by students surround two 6-kilowatt ground-mounted solar panels (one stationary and one tracking) constructed in the courtyard. The plaques show the construction of the solar panels, student involvement and explain how solar panels operate and generate energy. Another plaque shows the sun and the different angles where the solar panels would absorb the most energy.

Following the tour, the public is invited to visit St. Michael Catholic S. S. technical facilities to talk to students about their Solar Learning project. $5,000 was invested in new teaching tools (dedicated computer, Solar 101 software and curriculum). The solar software communicates with an off-grid roof mount system (Solar Photovoltaic panel) installed above the technology wing in phase 1 of the project. With the set-up in place, students have been learning about solar photovoltaic electric systems though special projects such as data collecting and data analysis. With these skills, students can set their sights on careers in the renewable energy field.

Over 2,000 young people and 500 student volunteers have participated in TTG’s youth trades exposure programming. A Ministry-approved Training Delivery Agent, TTG offers Welder Apprenticeship Level 1, 2 & 3 training from Sept. to June each year and in January 2012 was awarded funding for a 31-week pilot Multiple Trades Pre-Apprenticeship program.

Libro Financial Group is southwestern Ontario’s full-service credit union operated by a community of owners and open to everyone. With 57,000 owners and more than $2 billion in assets under administration, Libro delivers a full range of chequing, savings, investment, RRSP, insurance and loan products along with financial coaching and advice for consumers, and farm and business owners. Libro operates 15 branches in southwestern Ontario. For more information about Libro and the Community Builder program, visit

Solar projects completed at St. Michael Catholic and
Stratford Northwestern S.S.
Board Directors representing Libro Financial Group and Technical Training Group attend the Solar Learning Centre Open House on April 25th, 2012. L to R: Mark Roth (SNSS); Libro - Trevor McNeil, Rose Ann Chute, Joanne Innes; TTG - Gemma Mendez Smith, Bob Allen ( Chair), Ted Lange, Maryann Cox.

For further information, contact:

Virginia Lambdin, Administrator
Technical Training Group
Phone: 519-801-8845

Tania Goodine, Vice President, Brand
Libro Financial Group
Phone: 519-672-0130 x 4328 Cell: 519-871-0162