The cost of energy usage is a significant expense for Wisconsin public schools and rising energy costs can negatively impact the district Operations Budget. Solar PV installation can reduce operating expenses without cutting educational programs. Schools can also utilize solar installations as educational opportunities for students and energize the next generation with hands-on renewable energy curriculum and career awareness. In 2022, solar industry employment increased by more than 17,000 new jobs and the demand for skilled labor for jobs in the renewable energy sector is expected to continue to grow.
Recognizing these unique benefits, and with generous support from the Couillard Solar Foundation, Solar on Schools was developed to provide a range of resources to Wisconsin schools, assisting with and simplifying the solar project development process. The program aims to help Wisconsin schools realize the financial, educational, and community benefits of going solar. Wisconsin schools are going solar!