Yesterday morning at Green Woods Charter School in Philadelphia, students and faculty celebrated a “sun rise” like they’ve never seen before as two brand new pole-mounted solar arrays were hoisted into place high in the sky above the school’s front lawn.
When the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club® donated $96,500 to Philadelphia non-profits earlier this year, Green Woods Charter was one of the lucky recipients and was excited to break ground on the project this fall.
Students gathered around the solar panels early in the morning to make their mark on this renewable energy milestone for the school. Sharpies in hand, each student had the opportunity to sign the back of the panels that they will study as part of the school’s environmentally-focused curriculum – 650 student and faculty signatures now grace the center panels of the two, nine-panel arrays.
Savings from the 5.04-kilowatt array can be used to provide transportation for three Field Study excursions each year, allowing students to learn more about nearby natural environments and teaching them to become stewards of the Earth.
Stay tuned for more Sun Club solar ceremonies in the Philadelphia area coming later this fall!
- Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (phsonline.org) solar array at Meadowbrook Farm’s greenhouses in Abington Township just north of Philadelphia
- Spring Mill Fire Company (springmillfire.com) solar array to help power the all-volunteer fire station in Conshohocken northwest of Philadelphia
We’ve got solar power – thanks to Green Mountain Energy! pic.twitter.com/6rt9WuUWJu
— GWCS (@GreenWoodsTech) September 23, 2014