ComEd Supports Solar Power and Renewable Energy

ComEd and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) announced nearly $200,000 in grants to support the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electric generation systems at 14 schools in ComEd’s service territory in northern Illinois.

The seven selected schools will each receive funding to install a 1 kilowatt (kW) PV system to convert sunlight to electric power (enough energy to power about five average homes), and to integrate a specialized curriculum covering renewable energy sources. The funding for each selected school includes $10,000 from ICECF to pay for the cost of the system and $3,000 from ComEd to fund support from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to facilitate the installation and develop the classroom curriculum. Plus, the ICECF is developing a website that will highlight the real-time generation data of each of the solar power systems in the program. Teachers will be able to use this real-time data in lessons on renewable energy for science, math and other disciplines. “ComEd is extremely proud to partner with the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and the Foundation for Environmental Education to educate young people about the benefits of renewable energy,” said Frank M. Clark, ComEd chairman and CEO. “Educating the next generation is a key first step in advancing renewable resources as a viable energy solution.” Phil Novak, chair of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Board of Trustees, said, “In its support of the Foundation’s initiative, ComEd has stepped up once again to demonstrate its commitment to bringing knowledge and use of clean energy to Illinois. These grants will substantially increase the number of PV installations in schools across the state. More importantly, students will see first-hand on a daily basis how sunlight is converted to electricity as a clean renewable energy source.” For the first time in 2006, solar grant recipients were selected through an application process facilitated by the ICECF. Since its foundation, the ICECF has provided more than 2,000 grants totaling more than $100 million to improve energy efficiency, advance the development of renewable energy resources and to protect natural areas for people in communities all across Illinois. ComEd’s commitment to a greener environment includes providing a $225 million endowment in 1999 to create the ICECF as an independent foundation and more than $100 million to the City of Chicago to support energy efficiency and renewable technology.

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