How do I get solar panels for my school?

A question from a reader: I go to an episcopalian private school in southern california. How would I go about getting a program set up so we can run off of solar power, we have a clear area on top of our gym’s roof to use. Do I need to apply for a gov. grant? I have no idea how to do this but I’m passionate and willing to do the work, please just let me know what the work is! 🙂 thanks

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5 Responses to “How do I get solar panels for my school?”

  • Blaster2352 says:

    Solar panels are like crazy expensive and you might not even own them. There are companies who install them and you pay for the service. The reason why they do that is because of the high price of them.REALLY…they are super high priced

  • littlerobbergirl says:

    some ideas here;

    this looks good;

    i believe its a 30% grant in u.s. at the moment, but cal. is pretty right on, you may get more.

  • jon says:

    Go for it. In calif. you get good grants. After a few years the electricity is pretty cheap. Call up your elected representative’s,Senators who represent you where you live. They will be glad to hear from a high school. Get Everyone on board you can Green is the right thing to do. Get the School board to have a Green Day. every one wears Green and talk of saving energy. invite dignitaries to come help out. Call local businesses to ask if they would like to participate. Get Excited ,Get Every One Excited. California has the only Electric car builder that i know of Which produces a production car. Invite the president of the car Company.Get Him Excited. Call the Govanator.The Ex-Body Builder!Get Him Excited.You Start Jumping Up And Down. You sO eXCITED

  • roderick_young says:

    PG&E has a program for schools, but that’s in Northern California, where I am. Maybe there is a similar thing in your area. Try checking with whatever power company services you. Are you on SCE? SDG&E?

    Last I checked, the federal incentive did not apply to schools and nonprofits (a church nearby me got solar panels), but things may have changed, this administration is more amenable to solar power. If you look in the phone book under “solar”, a local installer should know what incentives would apply to your school.

    It is possible that you might be able to have panels installed on a leasing program such as that run by SolarCity. The way it works is that the panels are installed, and instead of paying part of the regular power bill, the school pays the company that leases the solar panels. This may actually cost more than the existing power bill, but I think the price does not go up over time, like the regular power company’s price does.

    You might also try to rally students’ families to donate the solar system. It would be challenging in these difficult economic times to get people to pay for something that will not benefit their own children in the short term, but will benefit future classes over an extended period. If your school has about 500 students, and every family donates, I’d estimate you’d need $100-$1000 per family, depending on the size of system you buy.

    Consider solar hot water, too. It’s much cheaper to install, but I don’t know how much hot water a school uses. Does it have showers for PE?

  • George says:

    Grants and rebates wouldn’t cover the costs. Your best chance would be to ask for donations from the private sector.

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