More than 7,000 US schools are solar powered

Sunday, Nov 8th | 1:15 pm

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More than 7,300 K-12 schools across the country now rely on solar energy to power their operations, according to a new report from nonprofit Generation180, the Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

That amount of schools that have installed and rely on solar is up roughly 24% since 2017 and 81% since 2014. The overall capacity of solar that has been installed on schools is up 139% since 2014. According to the report, roughly 5.5% of all elementary and secondary schools in the country use solar power.

Energy costs are the second largest expense for most schools. This reality, coupled with school district budgets getting tighter with each passing year (something that has been exacerbated by the pandemic), has caused many districts to consider solar as a means to shore up finances.

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