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Applications Due: IL Solar/Wind Schools
Applications for funding through the Illinois Solar Schools and Illinois Wind Schools programs are due on August 28, 2018.
The Illinois Solar Schools and Illinois Wind Schools Programs, sponsored by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, teach the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency to K-12 students. By turning school buildings into hands-on science experiments, this program makes science fun and teaches students how their everyday actions can positively impact the environment.
The Illinois Solar Schools Program promotes the installation of 1 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at K-12 schools and other educational facilities. Although each system is relatively small, students see first-hand on a daily basis how sunlight is converted to electricity. Schools and other educational institutions reduce their electricity consumption by using a clean renewable fuel that is free. To enhance the educational value of the system, online monitoring to provide real-time data on the amount of electricity generated is included in the grant.
The K-12 Wind Schools program turns school buildings into hands-on science experiments, helping teachers to instruct students about science, math, technology, the environment and other important topics. Grants support the installation of 1-5 kW wind turbines throughout Illinois at institutions serving grades K-12. Although each turbine is relatively small, students see first-hand how energy from wind is converted into electricity. Online monitoring of real-time electricity generation is included in the grant. Grantees receive assistance to coordinate system installation as well as curricular support.