Molalla High School
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As a Renewable School, Molalla High School in Molalla, Oregon is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1.1-kilowatt photovoltaic system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms. Dubbed "Pipa Y'ai" ("Sun for Man" in Molalla tribal dialect), the system was the seventh Solar 4R Schools project to come from the generous support of Portland General Electric and the Energy Trust of Oregon.
Using Molalla High School's photovoltaic (PV) system as a model, students study various techniques for mounting residential PV systems. In addition, students from the school's video production class created a documentary to capture the progress of the system installation.
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 awarded 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.