Apply for Support for Renewable Energy Education

About CE (formerly called Solar 4R Schools)

The Solar 4R Schools program has a new identity!  We are getting a new name and new look that better represents the scope and impact of our program.  We will still offer the following opportunities listed on this page...but the look and feel may change as we begin working together.
 
You may also notice some instances of the program’s historical name embedded in some of our content and URLs for kiosks for some time until the full transition is complete. Thanks for understanding!

RENEWABLE ENERGY LEADERSHIP LAB

Thank you to our 2017-18 applicants. Check back in spring 2018 for more details regarding applying for a spot in the 2018-2019 cohort of teacher leaders.

 

RENEWABLE EDUCATOR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

We have successfully hosted our first week-long Leadership Institute and will host more in the future, so STAY TUNED! Our first Renewable Educator Leadership Institute is an innovative teacher professional development opportunity for Pierce, Snohomish, and King County K-12 educators who seek to meaningfully engage students in preparation for STEM careers. The weeklong summer institute leverages the evolution of the energy economy and power grid as demonstrations of real-world systems that can facilitate impactful, interactive learning experiences for students. The Leadership Institute was provided by BEF's CE program, and was sponsored by Boeing Foundation, with additional support from M.J.Murdock Charitable Trust and the Bonneville Power Administration.

 

RENEWABLE SCHOOL AND RENEWABLE CLASSROOM SUPPORT

ALREADY HAVE A PV SYSTEM? The Renewable Classroom project is for schools that are interested in integrating renewable energy education into their school's STEM/CTE curriculum. A Renewable Classroom project includes a teacher training, science kit materials for the classroom ($3,500 value) and ongoing support and resources from the CE staff. If your school already has an installed PV system and you want to leverage the educational benefits of the system with data monitoring for classroom use, an additional applicant match would be required to cover the cost for a touch-screen kiosk to display live solar energy data at the school or facility. 

The Renewable School project includes a teacher training, science kit materials and the installation of a demonstration photovoltaic (PV) system at your school with data monitoring. Typical photovoltaic systems installed have ranged from 4-12kW, depending on local cost variables. An applicant match of $15,000 is typically required for a Renewable School project.

CE does not provide cash grants. Rather, CE provides selected schools with full-service support for the project (supported with local match) for teacher professional development training and resources, ongoing content/technical support and, depending on the type of project, project procurement and management of the installation of a demonstration-scale PV system by our colleagues in the Renewable Energy Group at BEF.

--> Application cycle: We take applications all year round. Our fiscal year runs from 3/31 - 4/1, so applications received earlier in our fiscal year have a higher chance of success.

--->TO APPLY FOR RENEWABLE SCHOOL PROJECT SUPPORT IN BPA SERVICE TERRITORY - REVIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION MATERIALS AND INFORMATION HERE.

 

IDAHO POWER AREA SCHOOLS - APPLY FOR SUPPORT 

Through contributions to its Green Power Program, Idaho Power awards up to two Renewable School projects per year to schools located within its service area. Thanks to Idaho Power Company’s Green Power Program participants for supporting the Solar 4R Schools program. The Renewable School offering and include teacher training, science kit materials and the installation of a small-scale demonstration photovoltaic (PV) system at your school with data monitoring. Typical photovoltaic systems installed have ranged from 1 to 4 KW, depending on local cost variables. Although applicant match is not required, it can be used to increase the system size beyond the awarded size. 

--->TO APPLY FOR IDAHO POWER "SOLAR 4R SCHOOLS" PROJECT SUPPORT - REVIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION MATERIALS AND INFORMATION HERE.