Meadows Valley School
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As a Renewable School, Meadows Valley School in New Meadows, Idaho is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1-kilowatt photovoltaic system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.
Teachers were encouraged by the attention renewable energy has been receiving locally and nationally and wanted to bring that knowledge about it to their community by integrating renewable energy education into their lesson plans. Meadows Valley hopes to impact their students and community by inviting students and community organizations to give presentations on going green. The school's goal is to help citizens better understand the country's future in renewable energy.
Thanks to support from Idaho Power in 2008, 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. Energy monitoring 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.