Halfway To Crowdfunding Success For NRDC Solar Schools Initiative

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) campaign to bring solar power to more of America’s schools, “Solar Schools,” is roughly halfway to its target of raising $54,000 through crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) campaign to bring solar power to more of America’s schools, “Solar Schools,” is roughly halfway to its target of raising $54,000 through crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

The crowdfunding campaign, launched on October 21, aims to help at least three to-be-determined schools move forward with solar projects. A built-in component of the campaign is to allow contributors the ability to vote on the city of their choice for the pilot projects. Charlotte, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles have attracted the most online support so faras possible pilot locations.

As part of the campaign, NRDC also is developing an online platform that local schools can use to navigate the sometimes confusing pathway to obtain solar power. The site will detail state and local rules regarding solar power installations across America, and connect schools and communities with organizations and experts that can support them each step of the way.

Going solar delivers significant benefits to schools, students, and local communities. In California, for example, the Firebaugh-Las Deltas United School District was able to reinstate a music program for 2,300 students after installing solar on its schools, thanks to an estimated $900,000 in energy cost savings. Students also get a first-hand look at how solar energy works, and a real-life lesson on why science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are important.

“Our ultimate goal is help every school that wants solar power to get it,” commented Nathanael Greene, NRDC renewable energy policy director. “Once we reach our fundraising goal for Solar Schools, we’ll select the top three vote-getting schools, not just to utilize NRDC’s new online organizing/expertise platform, but also to receive in-person training from our experts, and ongoing support and mentoring during the organizing process.”

“What’s different about our program is that it aims to make solar an option for any school, anywhere, by beginning with local school administrators, parents, teachers, students and communities and giving them the tools to they need to make solar power a reality,” he said.

NRDC is partnering with several other organizations on the campaign, including The Solar Foundation, Community Power Network, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (Solar 4R Schools), and Three Birds Foundation.