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Renewable-Powered Lessons--and Schools

By Sean Cavanagh — February 05, 2009 1 min read

I’ve received a lot of responses to a story I wrote this week about the growth of “green” lesson plans and curriculum in schools. Some of the reaction has come from schools that are drawing power from solar energy and crafting lessons about the power of the sun.

One sun-powered display that I didn’t have room to get in the story can be found in the Lagunitas school district, outside San Francisco. (It’s pictured on the right.)

It was designed and built by Borrego Solar, also located in California. Borrego has seen more school districts use solar installations in recent years, efforts supported by tax credits and creative finance mechanisms, their director of business development, Brian von Moos, told me.

Images of another solar-powered school were forwarded to me by a representative of Tioga Energy. That company has built what looks like a pretty vast solar array at the Athenian School, in Danville, Calif. If you’ve heard of creative efforts to incorporate renewable energy into science lessons, feel free to post them.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.