The installation of a solar system on a school building can offer numerous benefits for the school, its students, and the school’s locality. The benefits to be enjoyed from installing a solar system applies to all types of schools (for example, a hands-on STEM school), regardless of the grade level or the size.

Expectedly, the installation of solar systems in schools is gaining more momentum across the country. A good example is Virginia. A new report stated an increase in the number of K-12 schools that adopted solar power (from 29-86) since 2017. About 90% of this solar system installation was funded via a PPA.

This article will discuss the benefits of solar energy installation in educational institutions. They are as follows:

An Unlimited Source of Energy That Is Renewable

According to the U.S Department of Energy, K-12 schools nationwide spend a total of over $6 billion annually on energy costs. In fact, paying for energy is regarded as the most significant expense after salary payment in several regions.

Initially, the installation and equipment for a solar system will cost the school a significant amount of cash, but in the long run, it’s very cost-effective because the energy generated within a couple of years can cover the initial expenses. This means that after installation, there’s no operational cost for the solar system again.

Solar systems require minimal maintenance, and it’s cost-free. Just a little clean-up job on the panels, and you’re good to go for several months. The majority of solar panels come with a warranty period spanning between 25-30 years. This means that you’ll enjoy several years of sustainable energy usage and a significant reduction in energy costs.

The money saved from the electricity bills can create an allowance for other uses such as additional academic programs, a raise in teachers’ salaries, and improving the school building.

STEM Education

The current economy is largely becoming knowledge-based, and this has drawn emphasis to the importance of quality education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The installation of solar PV systems in schools can offer students practical learning experiences.

Studies have shown time and time again that students with exposure to practical and interactive projects develop a stronger interest in science, engineering, and technology. So it’s not surprising that students who were exposed to practical learning experiences performed better academically in these particular subjects.

Establishing Goodwill With the Locality

Schools showing less interest in conventional energy sources such as natural gas, coal, and gasoline and adopting eco-friendly energy sources such as solar power indirectly show their locality that they are pro-sustainability.

Utilizing solar power lessens the environmental impact of the school’s energy consumption. This also means there’s a significant reduction in the emission of major air pollutants. This communicates to the residents of the locality that the school is playing its role in protecting the environment. This results in motivating these residents to play a role in protecting the environment around them.

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