Welcome to Solar on Schools! Through a vision and generous support from the Couillard Solar Foundation, Solar on Schools provides a range of free resources to Wisconsin K-12 schools interested in pursuing a solar PV system. The time is now for solar PV and Wisconsin schools are going solar! This initiative includes a grant, an on demand course, and webinar series.
The Solar on Schools grant provides WI K-12 school access to a module donation, with a value of over $20,000. This grant is intended for schools well on their way to installing a solar PV system and/or are already working with or in contact with installers developing a project. See our PDF application questionaire and sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for more information on requirements and grant expectations.
- For solar systems smaller than 100 kW, a school will be granted up to 50% of the panels required for the solar project.
- For systems 100 kW and larger, a school will be granted 50 kW of panels
- Awarded schools will have the option of buying additional panels up to 150 kW at a wholesale cost discount due to the buying power of the Couillard Solar Foundation
The PV Development for WI K-12 Schools course is an online on-demand course available to Wisconsin K-12 school affiliates interested in going solar. The course is intended to assist school administrative teams, boards, staff, students, facilities crew, or other school affiliates (“Solar Planning Teams”) better understand the solar PV process. Information will be presented about the technology, how to assess site prioritization, finance, and procurement strategies used to deliver on-site solar. The best part of the course is up to 5 individuals per school can participate, collaborate, and learn from one another. Experience shows teams with diverse backgrounds produce better outcomes. For more information, check out the course syllabus.
The Benefits of Solar PV for WI K-12 Schools
Nov. 6th, 2019
This webinar showcases the current market trends for solar schools and discusses educational and curriculum opportunities. You’ll hear from a local teacher that has been utilizing solar PV in school curriculum for years as well a school district that has very recently completed the installation of a 300kW system on school property. It’s easy to get excited about solar on your school!