German American School of Portland
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As a Renewable School, the German American School of Portland is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 7.8-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system (donated by SolarWorld USA) and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms. Under peak sun conditions, the 7.8-kilowatt system can generate enough electricity to light more than 560 compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Energy monitoring services and hardware provided to the school has 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.
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.