Solar Initiative raising money through car wash


Maize Solar Initiative raises money through annual car wash fundraiser for solar panels.

Justice Mannie, Reporter

A local car wash is hosting its third annual fundraiser to benefit the Maize Solar Initiative. 

The fundraiser through Charlie’s Car Wash started Monday and will continue through Sunday. The money is being raised to help pay off existing solar panels at the high school and hopefully lead to more within the district, science teacher Stan Bergkamp said. 

A percentage of every car wash sold for the fundraiser is donated to the foundation. 

 “It’s a pretty good return on investment,” Bergkamp said. 

In total, the solar foundation has raised $225,000 since it started. 

To purchase a car wash online, go to and use promo code “SOLAR2021.” If purchasing at the car wash, scan the barcode on the flyer. The fundraiser is being conducted at all Charlie’s Car Washes, not just those in Wichita. 

Bergkamp said he likes this fundraiser because it’s easy and everyone needs a car wash. 

“Everybody that has a car is gonna have to get their car washed after the snowstorm because of the road salt,” he said.