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With generous support from SolarWorld, PGE, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and the Energy Trust of Oregon, the German American School of Portland received a brand new 7.8 kW solar panel array this school year. One third of the panels have been installed to function as awnings over some windows and are visible from the school’s playground. The school also received an interactive, touch screen kiosk that provides real-time data on energy production and various types of renewable energy resources. Every morning, the teachers, parents and children at the German American School check in at the kiosk to see how much energy we saved and produced. This information is also available at www.gspdx.com as part of the Solar 4R Schools project.
While the total energy bill of this large building is only minimally reduced by this 7.8 kW system, we have chosen to very publicly support solar energy for the future. For our children, solar energy is simply a fact of life and something everyone should do. They see it working on the playground, learn to cook with solar ovens in the classroom and it has become a normal part of their daily routine. By the time they are ready to assume leadership roles, I am hopeful that production costs will have dropped and that more renewable resources are used to alleviate the unbearably heavy burden that fossil fuels currently put upon our world.
Blake Peters, German American School of Portland
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