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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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 Durham Public Schools Board of Education

I call on Durham Public Schools to commit to 100% renewable energy. 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. Durham Public Schools, 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

economy1Durham Public Schools has repeatedly faced budget cuts. With solar and more renewable power employed, schools can shift the purse back into their own hands.

Durham Public Schools is one of the largest electricity consumers and is the 4th largest employer in our county. As the 8th largest school district in North Carolina, Durham School Board of Education and administrators need to consider solar energy’s ability to deliver cost savings–even create new funding.

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

heart298250,000 kids in North Carolina have asthma, and it is well known that emissions from coal plants also are linked to driving climate change as well as aggravating respiratory illnesses.

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

graduates2Solar 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.

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 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

schoolSchools across the nation are taking up solar and North Carolina is no exception. Nationally, school installations grew at a compound annual rate of 110% between 2008 and 2012.

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



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