Get Your School Talking Solar

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.

  1. Host a petition where students, parents, community members and staff can express their desire to see solar implemented or improved within their district.
  2. Create an e-mail list and communicate with members regularly.
  3. Connect with similar-minded groups and work together to accomplish your goals.
  4. Research potential partnerships with local utilities and others.
  5. Develop a pitch.  Share it with faculty and school board members, and later community members.
  6. Fundraise.
  7. Locate grants, encourage your schools to apply and assist them in doing so.
  8. 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.