Generation 180 has 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.
REDUCING BARRIERS TO SOLAR
RVA Solar Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, was created to provide a unique opportunity for public school systems and local governments to go solar with zero upfront capital costs, guaranteed savings, and a simplified procurement process. Schools may use the grant funds to cover roof and electrical system upgrades, energy audits, administrative costs, or teacher training and curriculum development. Generation 180 provided resources to educate and engage interested schools and is building a local volunteer team to continue providing support to regional school districts to go solar. Other communities can follow this multi-stakeholder, regional partnership model to reduce financial and administrative barriers for schools to go solar.
DEVELOPING STUDENT LEADERS
Generation 180 has partnered with The Ecology Center and USGBC Detroit Region to inspire solar installations on schools throughout the state of Michigan. In support of the Michigan Renewable Schools Program, Generation 180 is providing resources and toolkits for students participating in My Solar School Contest and is sponsoring a cash prize for the contest winner. The contest challenges middle and high school student teams to complete a study to evaluate the solar potential at the school, estimate potential energy and cost savings, and design a plan for a solar installation at their school. This model for a statewide student competition has been effective in encouraging, developing, and recognizing student innovation and leadership.