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Lycée Français de New York

Grade Level:
New York, NY
PV System Size:
4.84 - kilowatts
Technology Type:
About the School:

As a Renewable School, Lycée Francais in New York City is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 4.84-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 system was installed over the playground rooftop.

The PV system modules were donated by FOX Broadcasting while the remaining equipment and Renewable School project was supported by reinvestment funds from a Voluntary Emissions Reduction Credit purchase made by News Corporation. Located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York, the system has Enphase Micro-inverters on each of the photovoltaic modules, thus mitigating the impact of shading from the surrounding urban landscape.

Energy monitoring provided to the school has connected the live performance data from their PV system to the Energy Exploration Center at Students and educators nationwide can chart, graph and analyze the system's performance data for educational purposes.

In 2011, 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 website. To optimize integration of renewable energy science and technology content, every aspect of the support provided by Solar 4R Schools was customized to fit the unique focus of the school community, including topics covered in the teacher training as well as our recommendations for activities and science kit materials to make integration of this new content as efficient as possible.