How Can I Bring Solar to My School? – It’s no wonder the number of schools with solar power has increased substantially during the last decade. Energy cost savings, increased academic and job training opportunities, greater financing options, lower emissions to combat climate change and air pollution, and reliable backup power make solar panels a win-win for nearly every school or school district.
Location: Solar panels need to be placed in an area that receives direct sunlight. Will you be able to place solar panels on the roof of a building or a large plot of land nearby with unobstructed views during the day? Parking lots may be perfect, sunny locations for solar parking structures. Financing and regulatory requirements: Do you understand local and state regulations, building codes, and incentives for a project like this? What financing/ownership model will work best for your district? Community, staff and parent/student support: Who have you identified as the most important stakeholders and have you communicated your plans to them? Community engagement is key to moving any school construction project forward. Engaging those in your community and school at the beginning of the project can help you build momentum and identify any concerns at the outset. If there is ever a time when the saying “better to know sooner than later” is true, it’s before starting a solar energy, energy storage and/or microgrid project at a school.
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Why is it important to use solar panels?
Solar panels are a great way to offset energy costs, reduce the environmental impact of your home and provide a host of other benefits, such as supporting local businesses and contributing to energy independence.
What are the pros and cons of solar energy for kids?
Pros & Cons of Solar Energy for Kids Updated November 22, 2019 By Erika Marie When the sun shines on the Earth, it provides light and heat, which is called solar energy. Solar energy makes plants grow and provides food to eat and oxygen to breathe. The advantages of solar energy are that it provides heat and electricity.
- The disadvantages of solar energy are not all days are sunny, and a lot of money is required to be spent on solar panels to bring the energy of the sun into our homes.
- Heat from the sun, or solar thermal energy, heats houses, the water for showers, swimming pools, greenhouses and other buildings.
- Thermal energy simply means “heat” energy.
The advantage of solar thermal energy is that it reduces the cost of energy bills to heat homes. Energy bills can be very expensive, so using the heat of the sun and relying less on energy companies to heat homes saves consumers money. Solar panels are panels that are placed outside on the roof, on a pole or on the ground to collect the sun’s light and turn it into electricity.
- Solar panels can be very small like the ones used in calculators or very large panels used in power plants that provide electricity for entire towns.
- The advantage of using solar panels is that the panels help the environment by reducing the amount of coal the electric company burns.
- When companies burn coal, hazardous gases go into the environment.
Even though there are many advantages to using solar energy for heat and electricity, solar energy cannot be used alone. Sometimes the sun does not shine depending on location, the time of year or weather conditions. On those days when the sun shines less, less heat and light from the sun are received.
- At night, when the sun goes down, battery backups are required on solar panels.
- It is still necessary to get electricity from energy companies to provide a backup for periods without full sun.
- Money is saved on electric bills by using solar energy, but solar panels are still a necessary investment.
- The costs of attaching solar panels are very high.
Sometimes large, expensive solar panels are required on homes to accommodate the amount of energy used. Large batteries are attached to solar panels to provide electricity when the sun goes down at night or on cloudy days. These batteries are very expensive too.
How do solar panels reduce air pollution?
The use of solar energy systems on buildings displaces electricity generation from coal, natural gas, and oil power plants, which can reduce air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and mercury; and greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide.