You’ll soon see some solar panels on the campus of Elon Elementary School. Elon is one of 20 North Carolina schools that will be receiving the NC GreenPower educational package. The $42,000 package is two fold in that students will learn about solar energy and the school will save potentially $800 per year on its electric bill. Once installed the panels will generate an average of 8,026 kilowatt-hours annually.
The school will also receive STEM curricula and teacher training. The construction cost is shared by the school, NC GreenPower donations, and the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation. Elon Elementary is in the process of raising its part which is $9,000. First Grade teacher Sandra Bays helped write the grant for the project and leads the school’s garden club.
“Elon Elementary is so proud of our community efforts in global education and our focus on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). Over the past few years, we have established recycling and composting programs at our school, and have created a community garden to help with food insecurities within our school community. We now have a wonderful opportunity to bring solar energy and education to our school thanks to a grant through NC GreenPower. Please help support our newest effort in solar energy and STEM education,” Bays said.
The learn more or donate, check out the school’s donate NCGreenPower page: https://donate.ncgreenpower.org/fundraiser/4017281