Schools are an excellent place to use solar energy. For one thing, they're open during the day -- when the sun is out and when it's possible to get the most benefit from its power. And by showing solar power in action, schools can help educate the rest of the community about the benefits of this pollution-free energy source
Since its inception in 2002, thousands of students and teachers have participated in the Solar In the Schoolsprogram through our regional Hands-On Classroom Presentations. Each year we reach more than 2000 K-12 students, 20 at a time, with dynamic presentations that have kids generating human-powered electricity and wiring small solar cells together in no time. Renewable Energy Science Kits are also provided to regional teachers through our lending library.
Solar energy is no longer a science fair project. Today, strained operating budgets, environmental consciousness, better financing options and improved technology have come together in a way that’s bolstered California schools’ efforts to convert to solar energy for their electricity needs. In short, solar has become a viable energy source on school campuses throughout the state, providing long-term benefits for budgets and the environment, as well as teaching opportunities.