Students at more than 30 Arizona K-12 schools will come back from summer break to find their classrooms powered by solar energy, which they can learn about from educational kiosk displays provided by APS, Arizona's largest electricity utility, and project partner AlsoEnergy, a provider of energy monitoring systems.
Through the Solar for Schools Program, APS designs, builds, owns and maintains a photovoltaic solar system on K-12 schools at no upfront cost to the school district. APS recently contracted with AlsoEnergy to provide energy performance and production monitoring data and education kiosks at the schools, according to a company press release.
"The APS-owned portion of the Solar for Schools Program provides an uncanny opportunity for schools — located primarily in rural areas of the state — to take advantage of the sun's power without dipping into their school budget," said Tony Tewelis, APS director of technology solutions. "Adding the educational kiosks has taken this program to another level. The students will learn what solar panels can produce at different times of the day and see how much electricity their school is consuming. We're helping to power classrooms for the future leaders of our communities."
The educational kiosks that APS has selected are AlsoEnergy's PowerLobby displays, customizable kiosks placed inside each building to show data about sun tracking, kilowatt-hours saved and information about how much money the school is saving on its electric bill. Teachers will have access to the data and the ability to create science lessons about how energy is produced and used.
"Not only is APS producing clean energy for the state through this program, they will provide cutting-edge solar education to students from ages five to 18," said Robert Schaefer, CEO of AlsoEnergy. "The utility also will receive information through our energy management services that can compare operation between sites and detect underperforming components, providing real-time information to help them better serve their customers."
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