Students and Schools Renewable Energy
School Power Naturally
School Power...NaturallySM is an innovative program from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that is designed to educate New Yorkers about energy, and, in particular, the role solar electric power – photovoltaics, or PV – can play in providing clean energy for our homes, schools and workplaces.
The $2.1 million School Power...NaturallySM Program was offered to schools as part of NYSERDA's New York Energy $martSM Schools Program. Each of 50 schools, which were competitively selected in 2003, receives a solar energy and data collection system, worth about $24,000, for a school contribution of $1,500, or over 90 percent of the cost to the school.
All schools in New York can participate in School Power...NaturallySM by using the curricular materials and data available here.
In 2008, NYSERDA allocated $1.275 million to maintain, upgrade, and expand the technical and educational capabilities of the School Power...NaturallySM program. Through this funding, educational resources including curriculum, kits, Web-based tools, and contests have been developed to provide teachers and students materials to learn more about solar and wind power generation and the potential benefits these alternative energy resources can have for New Yorkers.
Interested in starting your own solar school program?
How schools use their parking lots to make power. New York Times coverage.