Solar Works to Install PV System on NY School

The Sweet Home Central School District has been awarded a US$20,000 grant as part of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) “School Power….Naturally”.

Amherst, New York – December 31, 2002[SolarAccess.com]The four-year program, scheduled to run through 2006, aims to install Renewable Energy systems in New York schools for on-site electrical generation and education. The grant will be used to install a solar electric photovoltaic (PV) system and weather station on the roof of the science/math/technology wing of Sweet Home High School. The school is one of only 50 schools selected for the NYSERDA project. A 2 kW system will be installed by Solar Works, Inc. and will be directly tied into the school’s electricity grid. The system would provide almost one half the energy needed to power a typical home. The weather station component will measure outdoor temperature, light levels and wind speed. The program will also provide educational materials that will integrate the solar system in to all areas of study at the high school, particularly math, science and technology. Sweet Home’s program also incorporates business and English. The materials which are being developed at SUNY Albany, will explore energy conservation and energy based topics. All materials will follow the New York State Learning Standards. “This is a great way to involve almost every academic area in the study of an important topic,” said Ed Hawkins, Sweet Home Solar Program Coordinator. Once installed, the system will be a stop on the Western New York Solar Homes Tour and will be available as a field trip to elementary and community groups interested in alternative energy. The school district expects the PV system to be fully functional by the first day of school September 2003.
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