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ERIC Number: EJ935428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Going Solar in Green Schools
Domine, Mark
American School & University, v83 n8 p34-38 Apr 2011
These are tough economic times, and few groups are more cognizant of this than school and university administrators. Struggling with significantly smaller operating budgets, institutions are faced with the harsh realities of laying off qualified teachers and staff, increasing class sizes, limiting or eliminating valuable programs and, in some cases, closing schools. However, it's not all doom and gloom. Many progressive institutions are developing onsite solar power-generating solutions to help them cut operational costs; hedge against rising electric bills; and create clean, renewable energy. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems also are enriching various school curricula which, in turn, is preparing students for the growing green jobs sector. Solar power has been around commercially for almost half a century now, but only recently has it started showing up in noticeable amounts on the roofs, parking lots and ground space of school campuses. Solar PV costs have decreased dramatically during the past decade and with the federal government's extension (until 2016) of significant tax credits for renewable energy, paired with state and local incentives, there are a lot of economic reasons for schools to turn to solar electricity. This article discusses top considerations for education facilities looking to bring solar power to campus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California