Sunnyside Environmental School
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As a Renewable School, Sunnyside Environmental School in Portland, Oregon 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.
As a learning tool, the system introduces students to renewable energy technology and provides an opportunity to explore energy issues in an interactive, hands-on way. 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 by the Solar 4R Schools program made the live performance data from their PV system available for educational purposes.