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Solar on Schools

Solar Power Can Create Huge Savings for Schools & School Districts

Energy costs are typically the second highest expense in school districts across Minnesota. Adding solar arrays to schools can save school districts and tax payers thousands of dollars each year.

RREAL has worked with schools and school districts to help plan and develop solar projects for schools, which saves communities money, creates more renewable energy, and provides learning opportunities for students and families who are exposed to the solar array.

In 2020-2021, RREAL created a K-8 Solar Curriculum to help students learn about and better understand solar power and all that goes into this form of clean energy. With hopes of inspiring the next generation of solar techs and other roles in the clean energy field and supporting teachers who are interested in solar energy, this curriculum is available here for free.

If you have questions about Solar on Schools funding in Minnesota or how to move forward with solar projects for your school or school district, please contact RREAL's Executive Director John Vaughn for an initial consultation to see if RREAL or our partners can help you move forward.

Max Sunshine for
Country View Elementary School

In 2021, with support from a 2018 Department of Energy Solar in Your Community Challenge Grant, RREAL worked with Kansas-based partner Decent Energy to install solar on Country View Elementary School in Winfield, Kansas.

This project was constructed in honor of former Country View student, Max Henderson. Students and families will continue to learn about solar power, the cost savings, and environmental impact, and classroom teachers will utilize RREAL's K-8 Solar Curriculum to provide solar education in the classroom.

Past Success with Solar Schools in Region Five

In 2019 RREAL partnered with the Region Five Development Commission to install 1.5 Megawatts of solar at Pine River-Backus Schools, Pequot Lakes Schools, and Central Lakes College.

Students exposed to solar energy possibilities now will lead the way to a clean energy future.

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