Parents, teachers, and students are asking Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to Repower Our Schools with 100% renewable electricity.

Repower Our Schools

Did you know solar energy can do more than just save the world?! By powering Charlotte-area schools with 100% renewable electricity, we can also ensure limited school funding goes toward making them safe, efficient, and top-notch learning environments for our children.

Parents throughout the region are calling upon the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board of Education to commit to powering every school in the district with clean energy. This is no longer just an environmental issue – affordable solar energy will boost school budgets, protect our children’s health and prepare them for the future.

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Are you a High School student who wants your school district to go 100% renewable? CLICK HERE to check out the Repower Our Schools Toolkit!


CLICK HERE to check out the reports from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center that show both CMS and DPS can be powered by 100% renewable electricity and save millions of dollars!

CLICK HERE for Classroom Resources for Renewable Energy!

To the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board

I call on CMS to commit to 100% renewable electricity. Solar provides an increasingly cost-effective energy option that can repower our classrooms, communities, and local economy by creating jobs and reducing energy bills, freeing up money for the classroom. Let’s invest in the health and education of our students and lead the way to a renewable energy future.

As major buyers of electricity, school districts can lead the way to a renewable energy future. Solar installations on schools have increased five fold nationally since 2008. CMS, one of the largest school districts in North Carolina, spends millions of dollars annually on dirty energy. Not only is burning coal and gas more expensive, it also contributes to air pollution, which aggravates respiratory diseases such as asthma–the leading cause of school absenteeism for children with chronic diseases.

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Affordable solar means more funding for teachers, facilities and student resources

economy1Investing in solar is truly an investment in our children. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has repeatedly faced budget cuts. By switching to renewable energy like solar, schools can focus on hiring more teachers and providing kids the resources they need to succeed.

CMS uses more than 191 million kilowatts of electricity annually, making it one of the largest electricity consumers in the county. School boards and administrators are attracted to solar’s ability to deliver cost savings.

As utility rates rise and the costs of solar energy falls, it is more practical than ever to switch to renewables. In fact, the average price for a commercial solar installation has fallen 45% in just the last two years. Across the nation, more than 3,700 schools have installed solar, capable of producing $77.8 million worth of electricity. Meanwhile, Duke Energy continually pushes for higher rates and dirty energy.

Renewable energy protects both our environment AND our children’s

heart2982The benefits of renewable energy for our environment are clear. However, many people don’t realize that moving away from coal fired power plants also reduces the pollution that contributes to asthma attacks, ER visits, and other health problems.

More than 14,000 CMS students suffer from asthma, making it the leading cause of missed schools days for children with chronic diseases. Pollution from coal plants also fuels climate change, damaging the world our children will inherit.

Solar energy is a solution to these problems. Installing solar on our schools sends a strong message to our leaders and utilities: our electricity shouldn’t come at the expense of our children’s health.

Solar provides educational opportunities now, and prepares kids for the future

graduates2As solar becomes increasingly important to our economy, there is an opportunity to educate kids on its benefits now, while preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow. At school, teachers could incorporate solar into the STEM curriculum — while kids witness its advantages firsthand.

In 2013, North Carolina ranked 3rd in the nation for construction of new solar power, bringing in $1.2 billion in investment, and supporting 3,100 jobs. Nationally, more people are employed as solar workers than coal miners. And in the first half of 2014, solar and wind collectively outpaced natural gas in new power construction.

The new economy will be run by renewable sources, and we want our kids to be prepared for it. Powering our schools with solar energy gives our kids direct access to a rising technology, and puts the jobs of tomorrow into the classroom today.

Other North Carolina schools are already going solar

schoolSchools across the nation are taking up solar and North Carolina is no exception – more than 3,000 of the 3,752 solar systems at US schools were installed in the last six years.

In North Carolina alone, three schools already host large solar systems and are reaping the financial benefits.


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