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Dominion Energy is adding 16 new schools to its Solar for Students Program, giving students across Virginia and the Carolinas a hands-on experience with solar energy. Nine schools in Virginia, one in North Carolina and six in South Carolina are expected to have the unique chance to learn firsthand about harnessing solar energy from a solar array installed outside the classroom. Started in 2015, the program with four public schools now includes a museum and 33 different schools.
Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation said, “This program will give students a better understanding of a renewable energy source that will play an important role in a clean energy future.”
Dominion Energy currently has more than 60 solar projects running or under development in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The company owns the fourth-largest solar fleet amongst application holding companies within the United States. Investing in solar energy is part of Dominion Energy’s dedication to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
The following organizations have been selected to participate in Solar for Students:
- Advanced Career Education Center (ACE) at Highland Springs (Henrico County, VA)
- Bowen’s Corner Elementary School (Berkeley County, SC)
- Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Career Tech Academy (Halifax County, VA)
- S. Brown High School STEM (Hertford County, NC)
- Dinwiddie High School (Dinwiddie County, VA)
- Eau Claire High School (Richland County, SC)
- Gilbert High School (Lexington County, SC)
- Great Bridge Middle School (Chesapeake City, VA)
- Irmo High School (Lexington County, SC)
- Louisa Middle School (Louisa County, VA)
- New Horizons Regional Education Centers (Hampton, VA)
- Port Royal Sound Foundation (Beaufort County, SC)
- Quioccasin Middle School (Henrico County, VA)
- Riverside High School (Loudoun County, VA)
- Dent Middle School (Richland County, SC)
- Spratley Gifted Center/ Hampton City Schools (Hampton, VA)
Each participant will get hold of a 1.2-kilowatt photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into electric power, as well as technical support, educational materials, and training for educators. Each solar array will be equipped with a visual display that shows students and faculty real-time data on the amount of electricity generated. Each array is supposed to generate enough electricity to power up to 18 desktop computers, 40 ten-gallon aquariums or 15 42-inch LED televisions.
The NEED Project (National Energy Education Development) will administer the solar for students program once again with the aid of technical support, coordinating the installation of solar panels, preparing educational materials for students, and training the teachers.
Students will be capable of tracking the generation of electric power by viewing their data online and can challenge other participating schools around the world to a solar power match. They can learn about their state’s energy resources and how weather and temperature impact solar electricity. Students can also help choose school colors or other designs for their solar array.
After the solar installations are completed, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will sponsor a “Solarbration” at each location to showcase the solar projects and give students, local officials, and community members the chance to learn more about this innovative collaborative learning project.