Now is the time for schools to go solar. Costs for solar panels have steeply declined and the benefits to schools and the community are on the rise.
Switching to solar power can reduce utility bills and free up resources to invest back into teachers and students. Most schools now use financing methods that enable them to make the transition for little or no upfront costs. When schools go solar, students get hands-on experience with clean energy and the community benefits from a healthier environment.
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The cost of installing solar in schools has decreased 66% in the past 7 years
The solar power of K-12 schools has shot up by 86% in just 3 years
Schools around the country are going solar, but there is plenty of room for more! According to the 2017 Brighter Future report, about 5,500 schools are powered by the sun, but there are nearly 120,000 more who could see the light. Find a solar school near you, or click on a state for resources to guide you and your school on the path to a brighter future.
Going solar provides many benefits to schools and communities, including reduced energy costs, job creation, educational opportunities for students and a cleaner environment. Generation 180’s Solar Schools campaign is empowering schools nationwide to go solar with greater confidence and success by equipping community members with resources, training, and tools.
The School Toolkit shows how schools in your community can transition to solar energy
The latest and most comprehensive study and census of solar schools across America is here. Produced through a partnership between Generation 180, The Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the report includes:
Facing budget cuts from the economic downturn and growing enrollment, the Kern High School District in Bakersfield, California, invested in a solar system that is projected to save $80 million over 25 years.
The District built a 22 megawatt system through a power purchase agreement, which requires no upfront or maintenance costs. This is one of the largest solar commitments by any school district in the U.S. The installations create more than one million square feet of shade through parking canopies on school sites and eliminate 17,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, the equivalent of removing 81,000 cars from the road.
“The district will significantly reduce the percentage of our budget allocated for electricity, allowing us to enhance academic and extracurricular programs and plan additional facility upgrades.”
– Dr. Scott Cole, Kern High School District.