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Renewables for Schools Webinar

Renewables for Schools Webinar

Date: 8/25/2010

Contact: Guy Nelson, Western Area Power Administration Contractor

Phone: (541) 994-4670

Audio and text versions of the Webinar are available (WMV 35.1 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 02:02:40. Text Version.

This free Webinar provided information on how utilities can develop renewable energy education programs for schools and enhance existing programs. Webinar participants:

  • Got an overview of renewable energy opportunities in schools,
  • Received information on national and regional energy education outreach programs and activities,
  • Understand how to communicate the benefits of renewable energy technologies, and
  • Learned about the experiences that utilities have had in implementing renewable energy education outreach programs.

School districts everywhere are installing, or at least considering installing, renewable energy systems as a way to reduce operating costs, and those that haven't thought about it might if they knew more about the benefits.

Lower electric bills are only one of the advantages renewable energy offers schools, but installing a system is a significant investment. This Webinar gave pointers on communicating the benefits of a variety of renewable systems to educators and their communities. A wind turbine or solar panel is a great tool for teaching science, and can also be incorporated into lessons on geography, economics and social studies.

Students get to discover a field that offers future job opportunities, and communities can take pride in generating some of their own power. Also, the Western Area Power Administration and the other contributors to the Webinar — National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Learn Energy, and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) — recognize the importance of providing renewable energy education at all levels of learning. With this knowledge, future generations will be able to make more informed and long-range decisions.

"Renewables for Schools" is an overview of renewable opportunities, rather than a "how-to" for project development. In addition to wind and solar systems, the agenda also touched on geothermal power and power production from biomass. The Webinar's target audience was utility professionals; however, teachers, school administrators and other interested individuals were welcome to attend.


  • 10:00 am Welcome and Introductions, Guy Nelson, Western Support Contractor
  • 10:05 K-12 Solar Energy Education, Glen Kizer, LearnEnergy
  • 10:25 K-12 Wind Energy Education, Larry Flowers, NREL
  • 10:45 Higher Education Energy Programs, Tom Weirich, ACORE
  • 11:05 Western's Equipment Loan Program for Schools, Gary Hoffmann, Western
  • 11:20 Utility Outreach Panel, Guy Nelson, Chair
  • 11:50 Q&A


Western Area Power Administration, US DOE Wind Technologies Program, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and American Council on Renewable Energy.

This information was last updated on September 07, 2010