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As a Renewable School, St. Joseph in Seattle, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their awarded 5.27-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.
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. 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. Energy monitoring provided by the Solar 4R Schools program made the live performance data from their PV system available for educational purposes at the time of the project.