K-12 Solar Schools

This program supported the installation of 1kW photovoltaic (PV) systems throughout Illinois at institutions serving Kindergarten through grade 12. Since 2006, the Foundation awarded more than $5 million in grants to more than 450 small-scale solar grants to educational institutions in Illinois. Each 1kW PV system installation allowed students to see how sunlight is converted into electricity and follow their system’s real-time generation online. The goal of this program was to turn school buildings into hands-on science experiments, helping teachers to instruct students about science, math, technology, the environment and other important topics. Ongoing support for schools is being provided by the Foundation for Environmental Education.