PSE Picks Schools for Solar Power Grants

Five schools in Alaska will receive close to US $100,000 in grants announced by Puget Sound Energy. The grants, up to US $25,000 each, will provide for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems of 1 to 2 kilowatts (kW), as well as educational tools enabling students to monitor the systems and learn about solar power.

The selected schools include Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Marshall Middle School in Olympia, Sakai Intermediate School on Bainbridge Island, Interlake High School in Bellevue and South Whidbey High School on Whidbey Island. The grants are part of PSE’s efforts to advance renewable energy generation and awareness, and result from an evaluation of an early 2008 request for proposal (RFP) to area schools by the utility. A similar RFP is planned for early 2009.

“The solar demonstration projects will help students in communities throughout our service area learn more about renewable energy and the environment,” said Kimberly Harris, CRO for PSE. “The response from the teachers, administrators and staff in each district has been tremendous, and we look forward to working with the schools as they bring their systems on line.”

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