The Solar Foundation Reports:
There are now over 5,000 schools across the country with solar installations. These schools are saving money on electric bills, educating students about clean energy, and ensuring a brighter future for the next generation. A dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels — combined with new financing options — has now made solar widely accessible, creating tremendous untapped potential among the majority of our schools still without solar.
Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, 2nd Edition, is a report by The Solar Foundation, Generation 180, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Released in November 2017, it is the most comprehensive study to date on solar at K-12 schools nationwide. As a follow-up to the first edition released in 2014, this report captures the accelerating trends of solar adoption at U.S. schools.
- Schools have a combined capacity of 910 megawatts — nearly double the total solar capacity installed at schools in 2014.
- Annual electricity produced – 1.4 million megawatt-hours – is enough to power almost 200,000 homes.
- Average price of a solar school installation has dropped 67 percent in the last 10 years, and 19 percent in 2016 alone.
- That’s still only 5% of K-12 schools in the U.S.