Solar power grants for schools

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Solar power grants for schools
Schools are beginning to use solar power to provide their electrical needs. (moderne solarfassade image by Holger B. from Fotolia.com)

Solar power is a clean and renewable energy source, and school districts are installing solar panels on the roofs of their buildings to help control costs. However, not all schools have the financing to pay for a solar electrical system; fortunately, grants are available for districts that need a little help. Along with these grants, teachers can receive training on how to implement solar power into the classroom and use it as an educational tool as well.

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Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy serves over 1.2 million customers in the Puget Sound Region of Washington state. The Renewable Energy Education Program was created by Puget Sound Energy to assist schools with obtaining solar power systems and to bring curriculum into the classroom that will teach students about the benefits of renewable energy. To be accepted into the program, a school must show a commitment to energy efficiency. This may be demonstrated in other energy-efficient updates that have been completed to the building. The grants from Puget Sound Energy are used to fund the installation of solar systems that range from 900 to 2,000 watt systems for schools that are in the Puget Sound Energy service area.

Puget Sound Energy

355 110th Ave. NE

Bellevue, WA 98004

425-456-2992

pse.com

Pacific Gas & Electric

Schools located in Northern or Central California can apply for grants for new solar power systems from Pacific Gas & Electric Company. As part of the grant award, schools must create classroom projects that will teach the students the advantages of solar power. A portion of the grant money is designated to send teachers to train in how to use the data from the solar panels for projects in the classroom. Math classes may create a project that tracks the amount of electricity that the panels have generated, while a science class may study how the solar panels convert the sun's rays into electricity.

Pacific Gas & Electric

851 Howard St.

San Francisco, CA 94103

415-973-2277

pge.com

Solar 4R Schools

Solar 4R Schools was started by Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation that works with solar power manufacturers and funding partners to make it possible for schools to install solar-powered technology. Solar 4R Schools started in 2002 and has since helped more than 100 schools install solar-powered electrical systems. According to the Solar 4R Schools website, the goal of the Solar 4R Schools grant program is to provide schools with the financial savings of solar power and bring curriculum into the classroom that teaches students the benefits of solar power.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

240 SW First Ave.

Portland, OR 97204

503-248-1905

solar4rschools.org

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