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Solar for schools: savings and a better future

Switching to solar energy is a wise move for any school. It can save money and reduce the school’s environmental impact. It’s a win-win situation with compelling financial and environmental upside.

Financially, solar can provide substantial savings for a school. When electricity is produced from a school’s own solar panel system, it doesn’t need to buy as much from the utility company. That lowers electric bills. Even if a system doesn’t generate all of a school’s electricity, it can drastically cut the amount a school pays its utility. Further, many states have laws that require utility companies to credit customers for excess electricity their solar panels produce. This further offsets the cost of any electricity the school does buy.

Additionally, many states offer incentives for going solar. These often take the form of tax credits, grants, or loans that can significantly lower the cost of installing a solar system. Combine these incentives with the utility bill savings, and the financial argument for solar is strong.

Aside from fiscal benefits, there are also environmental reasons to convert to solar. Schools are big consumers of electricity. Generating that electricity with fossil fuels emits greenhouse gases. Those gases contribute to climate change. But solar panels produce clean energy. They emit no greenhouse gases. That means a school with solar panels is helping to fight climate change every time it turns on the lights.

Solar power also has an educational benefit. Installing solar panels can provide a learning opportunity for students. They can see firsthand how solar panels work. They might be motivated to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. Some schools even incorporate solar panel data into their curriculum.

Yet, there are some considerations you need to keep in mind. Your school’s geographical location and building design could impact the effectiveness of your solar panels. The more sunlight available, the more electricity they’ll produce. Structures with flat roofs are especially good candidates for solar panels as are buildings without significant shade.

In conclusion, solar power could be a great option for your school. It can save money, fight climate change, and even provide a unique learning experience. It’s worth discussing with your school administrators and considering whether solar could be the right move for your school.