Eastlake High School
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Eastlake High School is committed to preserving both its learning community and its physical surroundings. The school's 13-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system was installed in 2008 and uses the energy of the sun to produce electricity for the school, even on Seattle's cloudy days. The PV system also give students a more hands-on opportunity to learn about renewable energy, and how technology is playing an increasingly important role in preserving the environment. Energy monitoring services and hardware provided to the school has connects real-time energy 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.
In 2010, educators at Eastlake High School received a customized renewable energy teacher training from Solar 4R Schools™, as well as hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website. A touchscreen kiosk located within the school serves as a community engagement tool, allowing visitors, parents, students and teachers to interact with their system's live energy data while learning about the science and benefits of renewable energy.