The Solar Foundation supports K-12 schools across the country in their efforts to deploy solar energy.
On September 18, 2014, The Solar Foundation and its research partners at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released the most comprehensive database known of K-12 schools that have gone solar throughout the United States. Most notably, the research team found over 3,700 K-12 schools have gone solar – reaching over 2.7 million students. The National Solar Schools Census serves as a starting point for sharing ideas and best practices between schools experienced with solar energy and those seeking to join their ranks.
Look for an update to the National Solar Schools Census, due for release in fall 2017!
Maryland Solar Schools
Building off the success of the National Solar Schools Census, The Solar Foundation released a Maryland solar schools report, entitled Brighter Maryland: A Study on Solar in Maryland Schools, assessing the state’s current K-12 solar schools, and the many opportunities for installing more solar on schools throughout Maryland. The report looks at the economic, environmental, and educational impacts of existing solar schools to students, schools, and communities, as well as the potential employment and community resilience ramifications under various scenarios of adding new solar on Maryland schools. While this report can be an educational tool for potential solar schools, ultimately, it can inform Maryland policymakers and school administrators on the significant role of solar schools in achieving the state’s climate action and renewable energy goals.