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A First-Of-Its-Kind Program

Bright Solar Futures (BSF) is a 3-year, 1080-hour solar energy Career and Technical Education (CTE) vocational program. The first of its kind in the nation, the program trains students in solar and battery storage installation, design, sales, weatherization, construction basics, and job site safety.

BSF, funded with grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office and PECO, ensures access to solar careers for young Philadelphians, growing a diverse and more equitable workforce that will help make national climate priorities a reality.

The three-year curriculum, completed in November 2021, includes lesson plans, syllabi, and a scope and sequence for the existing program at Frankford High School.

Curriculum Topics

  • Hands-on training for roof-top solar installation
  • Introduction to electrical basics including National Electric Code Standards
  • Solar Design best practices
  • Solar technology troubleshooting
  • OSHA Standards
  • Solar sales and permitting
  • Online learning resources from leading solar equipment manufacturers
  • Preparation for the NABCEP Associate Certificate
  • Weatherization/energy efficiency lesson plans
  • Hands-on training for building science
    • Energy auditing and efficiency
    • Energy conservation and lower energy use

Curriculum Components

BSF Curriculum Toolkit

The toolkit is a roadmap for the BSF curriculum and contains information about the curriculum’s development, scope and sequence, syllabi, lesson plans and other resources for educators.

Scope & Sequence

The scope and sequence shows the recommended sequencing of topics through the curriculum by year and quarter.


Three years of sample syllabi include major concepts to be covered during each week of a 40-week school year program.

Lesson Plans

Detailed solar and weatherization lesson plans for all three years of the program, including supporting worksheets.