You see, the County Government and the Board of Education have done something unique in the state: they have collaborated on a renewable energy project. Along with partners Standard Solar and Washington Gas Energy Services, the county and the board of ed have installed a 1.25 megawatt solar power system on eight acres between the Kent County Community Center and the Kent County High School. The system will provide 1,600 megawatt hours of clean energy per year to the high school, the elementary school, the community center, the radio tower facility, and the department of public works.
|There are 5,380 panels in this solar power system located between the Kent County Community Center and the Kent County High School.|
And, last but not least, the system will fit into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum at the public schools. A real-time monitor has been installed at the high school that allows students to watch the system in operation. The project will provide teachers with a variety of tools, across multiple disciplines, for teaching students about clean renewable energy.
|Here is Rob Busler, of Standard Solar, giving an introductory lesson on solar power to a group of Kent County students.|
Briggs Cunningham is Climate Action Coordinator at the Center for Environment & Society, and can be reached here.