Washington High School recently learned that they are a recipient of a solar energy grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce's Energy Efficiency and Solar Grant Program. The grant awarded to the school was one of only two grants awarded to school districts in the state.
The solar grant will enable the district to procure and install a 20kW photovoltaic solar panel array together with the utility tie-in on the roof of the Washington High School 900 building. The 900 building is also the recipient of the recently announced STEM Pilot Facilities Grant administered by OSPI that will pay for the renovation and expansion of the building.
In addition to the value of introducing a sustainable energy solution to offset the school's dependence on the power grid, the project will also have educational value to students. "We are excited by the teaching tool this grant will provide; students will be able to monitor the electrical production from the photovoltaic panels by way of interactive screens that will be installed in the building," said Robin Heinrichs, Executive Director of Support Services. There will be opportunities for students to use data captured by this installation to conduct analyses with respect to sources of electricity, and the respective efficiencies thereof.
The project is expected to be underway during the summer of 2017.