Authors: Jessica Fox, Gabriella Martin, Remy Pangle, Susan Stewart, Aaron Godwin
Presenter: Jessica Fox
Affiliations: Virginia Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Chicago, IL; Penn State Wind Application Center, Penn State, PA
Abstract: We have made much progress in expanding the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency during the last decade but the need to continue these efforts is enormous in order to meet our planet’s energy needs. While there are many opportunities to pursue this goal, we suggest that there is a real need to develop targeted renewable energy projects for schools. Regardless of the scale of the renewable energy installation, incorporating it into the school setting brings it alive. The effects spread beyond the children and their families as communities positively consider the opportunities renewable energy can bring. (many of these projects are incented through state policy.) Learn how wind, solar and other renewable energy technologies provide demonstration opportunities at educational institutions. Case studies will be presented from the solar schools and pilot wind schools programs in Illinois, the kilowatts for education projects in Ohio and the wind for schools projects in Virginia and Pennsylvania. A summary of best practices and funding options will be presented from the wind for schools national perspective. Details of the case studies will include: installation, approvals required, funding strategies, etc. In addition to valuable case study information, this forum will also highlight opportunities for renewable energy applications at schools. Purpose of forum: highlight existing renewable energy projects at schools and share best practices learned. Hold a short discussion on identifying and implementing future opportunities for renewable energy projects in schools.