Three Lakes WI and Menominee MI in 2014; Suring and St. Thomas Aquinas Marinette in 2015
Green Bay, WI- Four high schools in the Wisconsin Public Service customer service area have been selected to join the national award-winning SolarWise for Schools educational program from the WPS Community Foundation, Inc. Each of these schools will receive an installed solar-electric system and a 26 lesson curriculum package to explore renewable energy resources and the use of solar power.
Two schools are slated for installations in 2014:
Three Lakes High School
Menominee, MI High School
In 2015, two additional schools will receive their SolarWise systems:
Suring High School
St. Thomas Aquinas Marinette
Now in its 18th year, the nationally-recognized renewable energy education program currently has 51 other high schools already participating in the SolarWise program. Upon installation in 2015, the total number will be 55 schools.
SolarWise for Schools is the only program in the country that provides a fully functional photovoltaic system to each school, along with a complete science-based renewable energy curriculum, trains the teachers that use the program and hosts an annual Solar Olympics student competition for participating SolarWise Schools.
The installation will include 10 solar panels each rated at 250 watts (total system size of 2.5 kW). Each panel measures 40 inches wide by 66 inches tall. The panels will be mounted on an angled aluminum rack to get maximum sun exposure. This system is estimated to save the school $400 per year and provide enough renewable energy to power at least three classrooms.
Along with the rooftop solar equipment, each school will receive a SolarWise for Schools curriculum package to use for classroom study of renewable energy resources. The package gives students hands-on learning experiences with solar energy and other renewable energy resources.
"The SolarWise program continues to grow," said Michael Moore, Sr. Renewable and Product Services Consultant at Wisconsin Public Service. "Our customer interest in renewable energy is gaining momentum, and SolarWise is an easy, convenient way to make a difference," Moore added.
Funds for the SolarWise program, including those used for the solar-electric hardware, installations and maintenance, comes primarily from voluntary donations made by customers of Wisconsin Public Service to the WPS Community Foundation. Currently about 2,500 customers contribute.
Solar Olympics: As part of the SolarWise for Schools program, all the selected schools are eligible to participate in the Annual "Solar Olympics," a one-day event scheduled for May 14, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The event gives students the opportunity to compete in twelve solar events against teams from other schools. Events range from building solar-powered water heaters, cookers and race cars to designing sculptures and composing essays and photography with a solar theme.
WPS Community Foundation, Inc.: The WPS Community Foundation is a private, nonprofit charitable organization providing information and options for renewable energy. Through SolarWise for Schools and the annual Solar Olympics, the Foundation actively works to preserve the environment for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. Contributions to the WPS Community Foundation are tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law. More information is available at the Wisconsin Public Service website or by calling toll-free 800-450-7260.