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Read about news and trends in the solar energy industry and find information about solar energy companies by reading publications such as Home Power (https://homepower.com), Solar Industry (https://solarindustrymag.com), and Solar Today (https://www.ases.org/solartoday). Visit the Web site Build It Solar (https://www.builditsolar.com) to find all sorts of links to solar projects, designs, and experiments that you might be interested in doing yourself. Participate in student competitions, such as the Junior Solar Sprint Car Competition (http://www.nrel.gov/workingwithus/car-competitions.html), which calls for the construction and racing of solar- and battery-powered cars. Contestants learn about renewable energy technologies and concepts in a fun, challenging, and exciting setting. There is also the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, in which collegiate teams design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, energy-efficient, and attractive. Visit https://www.solardecathlon.gov for more information. Conduct an informational interview with a solar thermal installer or technician. Ask your school's career services office for help with setting up the interview.

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