More K-12 schools are switching to solar energy than ever before, and the entire community is seeing the benefit. Since 2014, the solar capacity in U.S. schools has nearly doubled, with a current capacity of generating 1,000 megawatts of electricity. According to numerous notable organizations, including the SEIA, The Solar Foundation, and Generation 180, reveals that solar energy is being utilized by more of our nation’s schools than ever before.
Switching to solar isn’t only a great way to help the environment, but it has also enabled schools to use funds otherwise spent on power towards more important things. Rather than wasting countless dollars a month on electricity, schools that rely on solar power are able to spend more on education. With so many schools in the U.S. dealing with budget cuts and other funding issues, solar energy has proven to be a real lifesaver. The savings on electricity can help students by increasing funds for teacher salaries, school supplies, and other essentials.
While the upfront cost of solar is often the biggest hurdle for anyone, homeowner or otherwise, the cost of installation has dropped significantly in recent years. In the last decade, solar installation costs have dropped 67%, with a 19% drop this past year alone.
Using solar power in schools does more than just help the students and teachers, it also benefits the entire community. California schools paved the way by switching almost 2,000 schools to solar energy, which was more than any other state in the nation. However, New Jersey, Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York are also encouraging many of their K-12 schools to make the switch.
If you are interested in switching to solar energy, we want to talk to you. Contact Sea Bright Solar for a free analysis, today.