Idaho Arts Charter School Installs Solar

The Idaho Arts Charter School celebrated its new 1.792 kW system on October 25 during a school assembly.

Jackie Collins, principal of Idaho Arts Charter School, received a giant commemorative “sun” plaque from Idaho Power Regional Customer Relations Manager Jake Perryman during a school assembly. The celebration included a performance of “Here Comes The Sun” by yellow-clad students welcoming their new solar project.

"Receiving this grant will allow our students to have a ‘hands on’ ability to learn about solar power,” said Collins. “Using new technology to analyze and compare solar and electric power will excite the students at Idaho Arts Charter for many years. Students are also always interested in ways to help reduce our footprint on the earth."

Click here for more information from Idaho Power.

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BEF gives a grant to NOLS, works to restore Teton River

The Bonneville Environmental Foundation gave a grant to the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to begin installation of a Solar Array on its building in Driggs, Idaho.  NOLS teaches outdoor skills and leadership to students from around the world and is receiving additional funds from its local electric utility, Fall River Electric Cooperative.  Construction should begin sometime this summer.

Coincidentally, BEF is also working to restore the Teton River near Driggs, one of its 12 Model Watershed Projects located throughout the Northwest and California. In this video, BEF President Angus Duncan talks about both projects and explains how BEF works with communities to make a positive difference for our environment.

For more information about BEF’s Model Watershed Projects, visits Visit for more info about the Solar 4R Schools program.

Learn how to use the site with a new sample activity!

Like the new web site, but aren't quite sure how to use it? Check out the new, downloadable activity at or download the pdf here.

The activity runs through all the information you can get by visiting the Solar 4R Schools web site and how to compare data from different schools. Enjoy!

Bertschi School students enjoy great breakfast!


The students at Bertschi School in Seattle, WA enjoyed a great breakfast on Monday, thanks to their teacher, Julie Blystad, and our friends at [Me] & Goji custom artisanal cereal and Horizon Organics. Julie's name was picked out of a hat in October to win a tasty and nutritious breakfast for her classroom after filling out our survey and providing valuable feedback about our new web site.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out the new site, please visit We’ve added several new features including giving teacher and project champions the ability to add photos, videos and edit text on their home page. Teachers can also download activity guides straight from the new site and join the Teachers’ Lounge to discuss renewable energy education.

Also, if all this learning about renewable energy makes you a little hungry, let us suggest a visit to me& and They have what it takes to charge you back up.

Champlain Valley celebrates Renewable Energy Day!

Champlain Valley Union High School in Vermont celebrated renewable energy and their new 1 kW solar array on Nov 12.

The local paper - The Burlington Free Press, did the following article on the day.

And here are some great photos from the event:

Thanks goes to funding partners Rossignol and Protect Our Winters and the great teachers at CVU!


Solar 4R Schools Program wins IREC award

Hot off the heels of being honored with a Green Power Leadership Award as the country's Best Green Power Education Outreach Program, the program has won an Innovation award from IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) this week in the K-12 category.

Here's a link to the IREC Web site.

Thanks to all our program partners and great teacher champions! This is a great honor for our program and a testiment to your hard work!


Blachly Lane shows dedication to solar energy, education

The Blachly-Lane Electric Co-op dedicated its 5.6 kW solar electric system and Solar 4R School Program involvement on Thursday with help from the installer, Eric Nill of Advanced Energy Systems and Brian Buhl, a teacher at Mapleton School.

The system is grid tied and offsets a portion of the co-op’s electric usage. The data collected from the system is also displayed on an informational kiosk located at the headquarters building and can be viewed at their project page here on Solar 4R Schools.

American Idols bring star power to Solar 4R Schools event

Recently-eliminated American Idol contestants Anoop (Noop Dogg) Desai and Lil Rounds showed they still had a large following Friday as hundreds of students and teachers welcomed them to Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles as part of its Solar 4R Schools celebration.

Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds, eliminated American Idol finalists, center pose for pictures at Friday's Camino Nuevo solar event.

Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds, eliminated American Idol finalists, center, pose for pictures at Friday's Camino Nuevo solar event.

The two stars mingled with students, signed autographs and test drove model solar cars given to them during a dedication ceremony for the school’s new 1.36-kilowatt solar-electric system.

da Vinci brings to life the art of green building


Da Vinci Arts Middle School in Portland celebrated a roofing renaissance at its new LEED Platinum-anticipated, net zero energy, high performance classroom building on April 10.The school held an open house to showcase the latest innovation of its groundbreaking building: a roof constructed with integrated photovoltaic (PV) solar tiles.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) donated 150 32-watt SolarSave® tiles from Applied Solar, Inc. that are being integrated into the roof and wired to an inverter in the building. When combined with a smaller, pole-mounted PV array already located at the site, these two systems will generate up to 6.3 kW of energy — enough to provide the 1,490-square-foot building’s electricity needs — making it the first net zero energy, LEED Platinum-anticipated, freestanding public school classroom in the nation.

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