East Valley Middle School
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East Valley Middle School received twenty 224-Watt solar panels installed in December 2010, helping save the district on electricity costs. The panels were installed thanks to a joint effort between NorthWestern Energy, Independent Power Systems, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Montana Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
In addition to building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, the Renewable Classroom PLUS project provided to East Valley by Solar 4R Schools™ has transformed the school's existing photovoltaic (PV) system into an interactive classroom tool. Energy monitoring services and equipment provided to the school has connected the real-time performance data from their 4-kilowatt system to the Energy Exploration Center at Solar4RSchools.org. Students and educators nationwide can chart, graph and analyze the system's performance data for educational purposes.
Educators within East Valley Middle School also received a customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website.