Schools Across the Globe are Embracing Renewable Energy

Josh Mur
November 20, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) For the past several decades, we have watched renewable energy grow from an idea into a tangible reality. Of course, in technical terms, renewable energy is  certainly nothing new; using wind to carry a ship or wood to fuel a fire is by definition renewable energy. But our modern approach to these technologies has created possibilities that far surpass using the wind to blow a ship across the ocean.

Renewable energy is not only an accelerating market. It is a growing necessity as fossil fuels continue to contribute to the climate crisis. Fortunately, solar panels and wind farms have been gaining popularity worldwide over the last decade. As of this year, around 784,000 homes and businesses are operating with solar panels. Around four thousand schools in America alone have turned to solar power.

Several schools and districts have joined the growing movement to convert to solar energy this year, including Edwards-Knox Central School in New York, Samuel Staples Elementary School in Connecticut, New Bern High School in North Carolina, and many more. But one school district seems to be taking things a step further.

Illinois’ Farmington Central School District is a perfect example of the direct benefits of solar energy. Originally, it was estimated the district would save approximately $50,000 annually on electric bills. However, only seven months later, they have saved a whopping forty-two thousand dollars. It is now estimated the district will have saved around $70,000 by the end of the year.

But it isn’t the district’s savings that make them particularly noteworthy. Along with installing solar panels, they have decided to alter their curriculum to include education about renewable energy sources. The additions will be implemented next semester. One can only hope that others follow in similar footsteps. Bringing up a new generation of children who have been taught to embrace the clean alternatives to fossil fuels? That sounds like a fantastic idea.

More information on renewable energy sources can be found here and here.


 

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