Solarwise For Schools

Wisconsin Trails Midwest In Solar Development

Dec 20, 2016
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Strides are being made in the Midwest when it comes to renewable energy, but there's still lots of room for improvement.

Illinois is being praised for last month's passage of the Future Energy Jobs Bill, with some calling it the most important climate bill in state history. Attorney Brad Klein with the Environmental Law and Policy Center hopes other Midwestern states will follow the lead.

He said the legislation will lead to huge growth in solar and wind technology, combat climate change, create jobs and lower utility bills.

Hands-on science learning took a big step forward Tuesday at the Three Lakes School District. The school now has solar panels on its roof thanks to the Solarwise for Schools program sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service.

As part of the Solarwise for Schools program, every school receives 10 solar panels that provide 2.8 kilowatts of electricity. That’s roughly the number of solar panels that could power an average home. Here, that renewable energy will be keeping the hall lights on for the junior high. WPS says the solar panels save a school about $350 a year in energy costs.

Wisconsin Public Service

  Three Lakes schools have joined the Wisconsin Public Service "Solarwise for Schools", designed to teach about renewable energy with a hands-on program. WPS Program Manager Mike Moore says they donate a two-to-three kilowatt solar system, a 26 lesson curriculum,  train teachers in the fall, and in the spring offer the "Solar Olympics", a solar-based science fair. He thinks Three Lakes more northern location will provide some valuable data for the program...