The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced that 20 schools will be selected to participate in “Missouri Schools Going Solar,” a new project that will install 1 kW photovoltaic (PV) solar arrays on school grounds.Jefferson City, Missouri – April 12, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The arrays will generate a small amount of electricity and a lot of student and community enthusiasm about energy alternatives. Schools will also receive curricular materials and training to help teachers incorporate lessons about energy resources, including energy efficiency and renewable energy, into classroom courses and activities. Similar programs have been available in other states for several years, but this is a first for Missouri. “Schools are an excellent place to demonstrate renewable energy options to communities,” said Anita Randolph, Director of the Missouri Energy Center, the state’s energy office. “Students will have the opportunity to learn about how energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as solar power, benefit our economy and environment.” AmerenUE is a partner in this project, and schools throughout AmerenUE’s electric service area are eligible to apply. “The project will give AmerenUE the opportunity to learn more about interconnection of small solar arrays into its existing electric grid,” said AmerenUE Senior Vice President David Whiteley. “We’re excited about the educational benefits of this project and hope that the entire community will participate in some manner. Energy generation and use is essential to all of our lives, and it will benefit us all to have community members who understand energy issues.” Another partner in the project is the Gateway Center for Resource Efficiency, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Gateway Center for Resource Efficiency, a regional leader in energy and environmental education, will provide the energy education program to the schools. The solar equipment is estimated to cost $10,000 per school, or $10 per watt. Funding for the education program will come from Missouri Schools Going Solar (MSGS) as well as the required $2,500 cash match that each school must provide. The 20 installations will occur over three grant cycles. The first cycle has an application deadline of April 16, 2004. More details and applications are available at the following link.