The U.S. solar industry is growing rapidly. It has some of the best solar energy resource potential in the world. If each of the more than 72,000 schools in the U.S were to install an average size solar panels system, then the amount of energy would be equal to more than one-third of all the solar capacity currently installed in the United States. The flat roofs of schools are a great place to install solar panels. Some schools have even created covered parking with solar panels on top, which serves as a double benefit: clean energy and shade on hot days, which is a must in Fresno County.
Why Have Your School Go Solar?
There are a number of reasons to have your school go solar. Here are some of the top reasons.
Installing solar panels can reduce your school’s electricity bill significantly. With electricity rates rising every year, solar panels are a good investment that will pay themselves off in the years to come. Porterville Unified School District of the Central Valley installed solar panels in 6 of their schools. They expect to lower energy costs by $44 million in the next 25 years.
Create Educational Opportunities
By going solar, the school is creating a student body that is energy and sustainability conscious. It’s important for students to be aware of the environmental challenges we face this century so that they can work to make a difference in the future. With solar panel systems, students are able to see first hand how sunlight is converted in electricity. The effects of solar installations can be integrated into math, science, and technology programs in order to better test scores.
Help Our Planet
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), generating electricity contributes over one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Solar power is a renewable energy, is free from the sun, and it will never run out, unlike fossil-fuel burning sources. Switching to solar energy is one the greatest contributions a school can make to curb global warming. With rising concerns about our carbon footprint and the increasing cost of energy, solar is a wise investment for the health of the environment and generations to come.
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