Since utility bills are one of the largest costs to a school district, it shouldn’t be difficult to get people to at least listen to alternatives.
There are plenty of stories of how solar has lessened the financial impact of a slow economy and rising energy costs. We have talked about a few over the past couple of weeks. But sometimes it takes more than warm, fuzzy stories — it takes action — someone who is willing to push things along and make people take notice. Maybe that person is you!
Here are some things you can do to help solar get a hearing in your schools.
- Host a petition where students, parents, community members and staff can express their desire to see solar implemented or improved within their district.
- Create an e-mail list and communicate with members regularly.
- Connect with similar-minded groups and work together to accomplish your goals.
- Research potential partnerships with local utilities and others.
- Develop a pitch. Share it with faculty and school board members, and later community members.
- Locate grants, encourage your schools to apply and assist them in doing so.
- Write state and federal legislators to encourage them to provide incentives.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Solar in schools makes sense. Lay out a logical need and a solid plan of action with low cost to the schools and you can be successful!
Do you have other ideas or success stories? Please share them here.