Snohomish High School
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As a Renewable School, Snohomish High School is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.
The PV system was installed in the greenhouse and horticulture facility of the school campus. Its proximity to the football field and the horticulture department's existing outreach programs will engage the community about the school's commitment to renewable energy. The Career and Technology Buildings, adjacent to the greenhouse, and remodeled greenhouse itself all incorporate energy efficient systems. The school is committed to providing several outreach events to the community as well.
In 2009, educators within the school 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. Energy monitoring provided to the school connected the live performance data from their PV 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. A touchscreen kiosk placed within the facility allows employees and visitors to interact with the system's live performance data while learning about the science and benefits of renewable energy.