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York College Student Harnesses the Sun to Power Lawn Care Business

July 17, 2017
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Junior mechanical engineering student, Brad Lockwood recently developed a solar charging station to supply the power for his lawn care company.  Brad shared his thoughts on solar power and the effects energy will have on our future. 

written by York Daily Record: 

Brad Lockwood wants to change the way commercial lawn mowing companies use the sun to grow their business.

The 20-year-old York Township man has earned money mowing lawns since he was 9. Now, he's channeling his role model, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame, to run a landscaping business that draws all its power from solar energy.

"Energy is one of the biggest challenges that my generation will face in the future," the rising junior at York College said. 

He specifically admires Musk's way of changing the way a car company and its customers look at powering vehicles.

He taught himself about solar power beginning with a solar charger he made for his mobile phone that charged from his dorm window. Lockwood, who is also completing a paid internship at American Hydro, figured that he could make a larger solar charging station to recharge the batteries that power his mowers, grass trimmers and other power tools. 

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