Generation180 News Release, PR Newswire
As school districts struggle to adapt to a nationwide budget crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, many K-12 schools are shoring up budgets with a switch to solar power, often with minimal to no upfront capital costs. Since 2014, K-12 schools saw a 139 percent increase in the amount of solar installed, according to a new report from clean energy nonprofit Generation180, in partnership with The Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
The report finds that 7,332 schools nationwide utilize solar power, making up 5.5 percent of all K-12 public and private schools in the United States. Over the last 5 years, the number of schools with solar increased by 81 percent, and now 5.3 million students attend a school with solar. The top five states for solar on schools—California, New Jersey, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Indiana—helped drive this growth. Continue reading here.
Download the report: Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, 3rd Edition
Generation 180 Resources
- The How-To Guide for Schools Going Solar offers step-by-step advice for going solar and includes an introduction to solar finance.
- The Solar Schools Campaign Toolkit is an organizing guide for students, parents, teachers and community members who want to catalyze solar energy at their schools.
- The Virtual Help Desk provides a library of resources, answers frequently asked questions and offers personalized support.
The Solar Foundation Initiatives
- Market Transformation
- Solar Training Workforce
- Workforce Diversity
- Solar Jobs Census