Schools find that going solar helps them save money on utility bills, create educational opportunities, and reduce their carbon footprint. Over 40 schools in Minnesota have worked with IPS Solar to bring the future of energy production to the next generation.
In addition to developing solar arrays, IPS Solar often has educational solar forums and camps dedicated to the adoption of solar and solar knowledge. These workshops are often crafted for science teachers to bring renewable energy topics into their curriculum.
Save Money on Electricity
Installing solar panels can greatly reduce your school’s electricity bill saving significant money in the long run. Just ask Mounds View School District which installed solar on 13 buildings and will reduce energy costs by $2 million over the next 25 years.
By going solar your school can also protect against rising electricity costs. Signing a contract to purchase a solar system (or solar electricity) allows schools to guarantee their electricity prices for up to 20 years, saving districts money and making budgeting easier.
Provide a Unique Learning Opportunity
Schools have an enormous incentive to go solar, not just to save money, but to create an energy- and sustainability-conscious student body. Since it is important that students be aware of the huge environmental challenges we face this century, schools serve as stewards of sustainability and cornerstones of green initiatives that benefit their community.
With solar systems from IPS Solar, students are able to see first-hand how sunlight is converted to electricity and solar installations can be integrated into a school’s math, science, and technologies programs to improve test scores in those fields. IPS Solar hosts semi-annual educators forums so districts can easily integrate solar into the class room.
Reduce Your Environmental Impact
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), generating electricity contributes over one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Solar power is a renewable substitute for fossil-fuel-burning power plants, which emit greenhouse gases that lead to climate change. And solar energy is free and never runs out.
Switching to solar energy is one of the biggest changes we can make in our communities to curb climate change. With rising concerns about our carbon footprint and the mounting cost of energy, solar is a wise investment for the health of the environment and generations to come.
- Annadale Schools(3)
- Becker High Schoo
- Chisago Lakes Schools(5)
- Fairbault Schools(3)
- Holdingford Schools(2)
- Hopkins High
- Macalester College(2)
- Metropolitan State(2)
- Northland College
- Mounds Park Academy
- Mounds View Schools(13)
- Red Wing School
- Rockford Schools(2)
- St Cloud Schools(3)
- St Johns University
- St Olaf College
- University of Minnesota(2)
- University of St Thomas
- Waconia High School
- Willmar Junior High School
“I have been working for years to get solar into our schools. With school budgets as tight as they are, going green was a very hard sell when the dollars would have to be taken from the classroom. This was a wonderful project, one where I was able to tell our School Board that we could make $7.7 million over the next 25-years, and spend no district dollars! ($6.6 solar garden subscription & $1.1 land lease). What a wonderful way to help our district and the environment! Win-win for everyone!”Kevin Johnson, Director of Buildings & Grounds - Red Wing School District
SCHOOL | Snail Lake Kindergarten | Shoreview, MN | 40 kW System