Urge School Leaders to Put Solar on Schools

The Minnesota state omnibus commerce and energy bill, which was signed into law by the governor in 2021, has made $8 million in Minnesota state funding available in 2022 for solar installations on schools outside of Xcel Territory—that includes Duluth! The Solar for Schools program grants up to 95% of the installation cost for solar energy systems on Minnesota public schools. Over 50 school districts in Minnesota already benefit from solar and now is time to take advantage of the cost savings and new financing choices available through the funding. Schools must complete readiness assessments by July 21, 2022 to apply.

There are many benefits to putting solar on schools:

Educational: Schools can enhance their curricula with solar-focused, hands-on activities covering everything from electricity basics, renewable energy installation considerations, and renewable energy careers.

Environmental: Putting solar on schools can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions—estimated to be equivalent to 221,000 cars statewide.

Community Leadership: Schools can demonstrate leadership and help inspire children and the community to move towards a more sustainable future.

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