New Report Finds a Tripling of Virginia K-12 Schools Adopting Solar Power Since 2017

Charlottesville, VA, Nov. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The number of K-12 schools in Virginia that have embraced solar power tripled from 29 to 86 since 2017, according to a new statewide report on schools' adoption of solar published by Generation180, a national non-profit focused on equipping individuals and communities to take action on clean energy. A Report authors say more schools across the country are switching to solar because of significant cost savings, the opportunity for students to learn about renewable energy, and positive environmental impacts.A  Middlesex County Public Schools and Arlington Public Schools each expect to reduce their electricity bill by over $4 million during the next 25 years. By installing solar panels on ten school rooftops, Richmond Public Schools anticipates energy cost savings of $2 million over the next 20 years.A a??The big opportunity for us was that solar was a win, win, wina??for our districta??s budget, our studentsa?? education, and our communitya??s transition to clean energy,a?? said Liz Doerr, school board member of Richmond Public Schools.The report is the latest resource to come out of Generation180a??s Solar Schools program, a nationwide effort to inspire and equip the people that can make solar happen at schools. The program develops resources, shares success stories, and convenes decision-makers and community advocatesa??individuals that often play a crucial role in driving adoption of solar at the school district-level.The report also finds that Virginia schools saw a ten-fold growth in total installed solar capacity since 2017 (from 1.9 MW to 20.1 MW), underscoring how solar installations at schools are, on average, getting much larger.
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