Do you know how solar panels turn sunshine into electricity?

If you know the answer, you get a gold star! (Seriously. Email us, we’ll send you one.) If you don’t know, don’t worry, you’re not alone. One of the more common Google searches related to “solar energy” is “what is solar.” Consider how confusing cell phones seemed twenty years ago. Back then, only half of American adults owned a cell phone and probably even fewer could explain “rollover minutes;” now, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that can’t.

Solar energy is growing at an even faster rate. As solar systems start popping up on your schools, libraries, local businesses and maybe even your rooftop, you are bound to seek answers about how the technology works. That’s why Sungevity designed two interactive solar classrooms…and put them on wheels.

We added these two vehicles to our Brilliance Brigade fleet to engage and educate families about solar technology where they live and work. These vehicles join the three existing members of the Brilliance Brigade to spread sunshine across the USA.

Each vehicle carries games and activities designed to help you answer the question above and more, like “What the heck is a kilowatt-hour?” and “Why do solar panels connect to the grid?” Stay tuned to the Sungevity blog to learn more about the features of each vehicle. Teaser: they’re fun for the whole family.

We named our fleet the Brilliance Brigade to pay tribute to all the visionary geniuses whose discoveries fundamentally changed society for the better. Those men and women were unafraid to challenge the status quo and push technology to new heights, like making electricity available at the flick of a switch, creating flying machines that transport us around the world, and putting a computer in our pockets.

The Brilliance Brigade launched in 2011 when its original member, the ICE Pop Truck, hit the streets during Sungevity’s launch in the Northeast. Her debut made a splash in the national news and she’s been putting smiles on kids’ faces with her solar-powered ice pops ever since. We added two new fleet members in 2014 named Newton and Einstein who have visited hundreds of Lowe’s stores over the past year.

Click here to find where the Brilliance Brigade will be stopping next. If you can’t visit the Brilliance Brigade in person, visit this interactive web page to learn solar basics, or call any one of Sungevity’s solar nerds to geek out over solar panel technology.

See you on the road!

Posted by Leslye Penticoff

Leslye is the Content and Community Manager for Sungevity. She's also an avid coffee drinker and rock climber, and serves on the Board of Directors at Margination, a nonprofit in Troy, NY.