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Let’s Go Solar!


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.

Join us to spread the benefits of solar to your school community:






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



About 5% of U.S. schools use solar. That’s 95% left to go!


Let's Go Solar! A How-to Guide for Schools

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

  • Step-by-step advice on the process
  • Resources to assess feasibility and financing
  • Tips for success


Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools

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:

  • The latest data on installation rates, capacity growth, methods of financing, and more.
  • Analysis of the motivations, process, and successes of recent solar schools projects
  • A step-by-step guide for schools interested in going solar


Solar Story: $80 Million Dollars in Savings

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.

Read the full case study and other success stories here →



Find the resources you need to aid you on the path to solar.  Download the 2017 Brighter Future report on nationwide solar schools. Access the How-to Guide for schools. Search for national and state resources.



 Generation 180 is building a network of volunteer teams across the country with the mission of accelerating the adoption of clean energy and increasing energy awareness. Our teams will support school districts to go solar. 



We've collaborated with partner organizations to provide resources to support schools in going solar. These partnerships provide models for developing solar champions and reducing barriers to solar.