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Solar in Schools Program

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An educational experience at two local schools

GRU had solar electric systems installed at Kanapaha and Westwood Middle Schools to provide students with a hands-on lesson in solar energy. The systems are 1680 watts each – that’s enough wattage to run a microwave. Each system generates approximately 238 kwh/month, which is put on our electric-system grid.

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) developed its “Solar Matters” curriculum as part of a science unit for students. Teachers have been trained on the curriculum and use kits provided by GRU to present the material.

Students are able to log onto computers to see how much power the solar panel at their school has generated, monitor and track the influence of weather events and study outcomes through an FSEC internet link.

The solar panels were funded through an existing solar contribution fund, a grant from the FSEC and GRU.

The schools have posted signs about the solar project on their campuses.