Solar 4R Schools Powers Buildings, Minds

Additional forward-thinking schools have joined the Solar 4R Schools program run by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) in Portland, Oregon. Students and faculty at Cleveland High School, da Vinci Arts Middle School, HB Lee Middle School and Lincoln High School are waiting for their individual solar arrays that will be used to provide electricity and energy education.

“This program directly supports our mission to change how Oregonians produce and use energy by investing in efficient technologies and renewable resources,” said Peter West, director of renewables at the Energy Trust of Oregon. “Reaching out to our schools in this way will help carry our mission forward as generation after generation learns about solar power.” Each school’s 1.1 kW system includes the solar panels, the installation work, and a curriculum package that helps teachers instruct students on the function of the systems and the impact of clean renewable energy on the environment. The curriculum packages include a Web-based, real time data program so the students can see how much power the system is generating. Through a unique collaboration in support of the Solar 4R Schools program, BEF, the Energy Trust of Oregon (Energy Trust), Portland General Electric (PGE), and Green Mountain Energy Company are able to supply the solar power systems at no cost to the schools. “Today’s students can look forward to a future increasingly powered by clean energy from the sun,” said Thor Hinckley, PGE’s renewable power programs manager. “The solar panels on the schools will give them the inside track on this exciting technology and how it can help the environment too.”

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