Solar PV Projects for Sunshine State Schools

Progress Energy Florida, Lakewood High School, and the Florida Department Environmental Protection (DEP) unveiled a new photovoltaic (PV) project at the Pinellas County school. The project is part of the SunSmart schools program, a statewide initiative to install 29 solar electric systems in schools throughout the Sunshine State. The program combines state funding with private partnership to provide clean energy and science education, and provides secondary school students with tools to study PV systems with a curriculum administered by the Florida Solar Education Center (FSEC).

St. Petersburg, Florida – March 1, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Progress Energy Florida, Lakewood High School, and the Florida Department Environmental Protection (DEP) unveiled a new photovoltaic (PV) project at the Pinellas County school. The project is part of the SunSmart schools program, a statewide initiative to install 29 solar electric systems in schools throughout the Sunshine State. The program combines state funding with private partnership to provide clean energy and science education, and provides secondary school students with tools to study PV systems with a curriculum administered by the Florida Solar Education Center (FSEC). “We are very excited about this unique opportunity,” said Lakewood High School Assistant Principal for Curriculum Dr. Sarah Lind. “Lakewood High School is a cutting edge technology school. This provides yet another opportunity to demonstrate how technology can change our teaching and learning environment.” Lakewood High School is one of five schools located in Progress Energy Florida’s service territory at which the company will install 4 kW PV systems, provide industry expertise, and contribute additional funding. Students will track energy production from a PV system mounted on the school’s roof and conduct scientific experiments and mathematical computations based upon the system’s energy production. “Progress Energy is committed to seeking viable energy sources through exploration and education,” said John Masiello, manager of energy efficiency programs from Progress Energy Florida. “There is no better place for us to explore an initiative involving renewable energy than with young minds.” The other schools Progress Energy will partner with include: Nature Coast Technical (Brooksville), Winter Park 9th Grade Center (Winter Park), Lyman High School (Longwood), and Celebration School (Celebration). Each school will receive: – 4 kW photovoltaic system – energy produced by the system – student-related curriculum – participation in a statewide database (Web site) that monitors the PV production Lakewood is home to two programs that will directly benefit from this technology, the Center for Advanced Technologies, a state-of-the-art magnet school integrating mathematics, science and technology through student research and the Program for Environmental Technology and Marine Science, a small learning community devoted to providing extensive opportunities for field based research. Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy, provides electricity and related services to more than 1.5 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, and serves a territory encompassing over 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando.
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