Parents, teachers, and students are asking Durham Public 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 Durham Public 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, teachers, and students throughout the region are calling upon the Durham Public Schools 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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Affordable solar means more funding for teachers, facilities and student resources
While utility rates skyrocket, solar is more affordable than ever before. From 2010 to 2014, the average price of commercial PV solar installations fell by more than 50 percent. Across the nation, more than 3,700 schools have installed solar, capable of producing $77.8 million worth of electricity. Meanwhile, in the last year alone, Durham Public Schools have had to divert more than $472,000 from other budget areas to cover rising electricity prices. In total, DPS spends more than nine million dollars on utility costs every year, and Duke Energy continually pushes for higher rates.
Renewable energy protects both our environment AND our children’s health
Solar and other renewable sources produce none of these problems. What’s more, putting solar on our schools sends a strong message to our leaders and utilities: that our electricity shouldn’t come at the expense of our children’s health.
Solar prepares our kids for the new economy
Solar is more than just good for schools. It’s a growing driver of our economy. 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.
The new economy will be run by renewable sources, and we want our kids to be prepared for it. Powering our schools with solar panels 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
In North Carolina alone, three schools already host large solar panel systems and are reaping the financial benefits.