Tips and Updates from the Team

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  • Make a Pizza Box Oven


     This activity is fun for the whole family. BEF Staffers used the oven we built to cook some delicious cinammon rolls in front of our Portland office. Try melting mozzarella cheese over toast with basil and tomatoes, warming leftovers for lunch, or experimenting with other types of food. Take advantage of the clean, solar energy today!

  • 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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