From both an economic and environmental standpoint, solar power just makes sense for schools. Case in point: The photovoltaic (PV) energy system we installed at Waialae Elementary in 2011 generates an average of 19,500 kWh of electricity per month, yielding monthly savings of nearly $1,000. With energy and cost savings, the school is estimated to prevent annual greenhouse gas emissions from the equivalent of 32 passenger vehicles annually and CO2 emissions from 375 barrels of oil each year.
Despite the clear advantages to PV projects like these, many school administrators lack the time and expertise to evaluate their district’s needs and formulate a plan to help their schools go solar. The decision is the easy part; following up, and following through, can be harder.
To help bridge this gap between inspired idea and implementation, the Natural Resources Defense Council recently launched a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign to get their Solar Schools initiative up and running. The platform, an online tool that’s currently in the works, will “help parents and students connect and organize themselves around development of specific solar projects that increase renewable energy infrastructure in their community.” The Solar Schools project will easily and efficiently allow communities to harness their enthusiasm, focus their activism, and connect with local experts and resources to get plans of the ground.
By supporting this program with even a small donation, you’re helping schools all across the country create the same bright future we are making possible in Hawaii. Every donation includes a vote for your preferred pilot location, so encourage those in your own community to get in on the giving, too – a school in your area could be one of the first to benefit from this pioneering program. Hurry, the campaign ends at midnight on Nov. 14 2013.