Ola Elementary School
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As a Renewable School, Ola Elementary School in Ola, Idaho is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1.1-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 project reflects the school’s commitment to educate students, parents and community members about sustainable sources of power. Under full sun conditions, the PV system could light more than 65 compact fluorescent light bulbs. The visibility of the solar panels at the school has encouraged comments and questions from students, teachers and members of the small community.
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.