There are many advantages to looking at and investing in alternative energies. Solar allows people to lock in a power rate lower than their currently paying and avoid power rate hikes. Solar is great for emergency preparedness and having power if the grid were to go down in an outage. Other benefits include decreasing a person’s carbon footprint, being a “green” home, school or business, and the peace of mind in producing your own energy.




Two main types of solar systems are available for schools to use:


  1. Solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems, which capture solar radiation and convert it directly to electricity, and
  2. Solar Thermal Systems, designed to harness the sun’s heat to provide for water heating or space heating or cooling.


Solar energy has been used since the 1950s and is a stable, clean, and abundant domestic energy source.


Why Go Solar?


Save money


Installing solar panels can reduce your school’s electricity bill significantly. In many places, the cost of solar electricity is the same or lower than what your school is currently paying. With an average lifespan of 25 years, a solar panel investment can save millions of dollars in the long run.

By going solar your school can also protect against rising electricity costs. Signing a contract to purchase a solar system (or solar electricity) allows schools to guarantee their electricity prices for up to 20 years, saving districts money and making budgeting easier.


Create Educational Opportunities


Schools have enormous incentive to go solar, not just to save money, but to create an energy- and sustainability-conscious student body. Since it is important that students be aware of the huge environmental challenges we face this century, schools serve as stewards of sustainability and cornerstones of green initiatives that benefit their community. With solar systems, students are able to see first-hand how sunlight is converted to electricity and solar installations can be integrated into a school’s math, science, and technologies programs to improve test scores in those fields.


Help Our Planet


According to scientists, generating electricity contributes over one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Solar power is a renewable substitute for fossil-fuel-burning power plants, which emit greenhouse gases that lead to global warming. And solar energy is free and never runs out. Switching to solar energy is one of the biggest changes we can make in our communities to curb global warming. With rising concerns about our carbon footprint and the mounting cost of energy, solar is a wise investment for the health of the environment and generations to come.




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