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Teaching Renewable Energy
New to renewable energy education?

Educators—learn renewable energy background content to bring into your classroom with our robust library of articles in the Teacher Learning Center. Contact us if you would like us to add new renewable energy background content. 


Teacher-generated STEM lesson plans

Search, rate, download and adapt a growing library of teacher-created, hands-on, renewable energy STEM units and lessons developed by teachers for teachers in our online educator library. Upload your own variations to share with educators nationwide!

Explore data

Live solar data right at your fingertips

Bring energy topics to life! Educators and students can graph, chart and analyze live energy generation data from more than 100 schools, community buildings and corporate facilities nationwide in our unique Energy Exploration Center.

upcoming events

Vancouver, WA -- Clark Public Utilities Solar Car Engineering Challenge
3/10/18 • 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Branford, CT Educators' Workshop
1/17/18 • 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Portland, OR -- Wind Energy Workshop with KidWind
12/8/17 • 8:30am - 12:15pm
Register here!

Vancouver, WA -- Solar Car Challenge Clinic
12/6/17 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Register here!

Portland, OR -- Wind Energy Workshop with KidWind
11/30/17 • 3:45pm - 7:30pm
Register here!

Vancouver, WA -- Solar Car Challenge Clinic
11/15/17 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Register here!

Vancouver, WA -- Solar Car Challenge Clinic
11/1/17 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Register here! 

Portland, OR -- Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA) Conference
October 13th &14, 2017 
Session: "Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering" on 10/14

opportunities for teachers

Idaho Power Area Schools

Through contributions to its Green Power Program, Idaho Power awards up to two Renewable School projects per year to schools located within its service area. Thanks to Idaho Power Company’s Green Power Program participants for supporting the Solar 4R Schools program. The Renewable School offering and include teacher training, science kit materials and the installation of a small-scale demonstration photovoltaic (PV) system at your school with data monitoring. Typical photovoltaic systems installed have ranged from 1 to 4 KW, depending on local cost variables. Although applicant match is not required, it can be used to increase the system size beyond the awarded size.  Learn more >>

Pacific Northwest Renewable Energy Leadership Lab

We invite interested Pacific Northwest K-12 teachers to submit applications to participate in the Renewable Energy Leadership Lab. The Leadership Lab is a year‑long professional development and curriculum design opportunity where teachers create innovative, hands‑on, inquiry‑based renewable energy lessons for the classroom in a peer-supported environment alongside content experts. Participating teachers will work in a group of educators who collaborate throughout the year to design, test and implement exciting new units of lessons in their classrooms while diving deeper into the science of renewable energy. Learn more >>


latest project news

News Highlights - for more stories, check out our newsroom

CE is looking for its next outstanding energy education Program Manager! Check out the posting on BEF's main website.

Solar Development, Career-Connected Learning & Emerging Clean Energy Workforce
5/11/17—Oregon Solar Energy Conference, Portland, OR

Coeur d'Alene Tribe Installs Solar Project
January 2017—Kootenai Electric Cooperative, POWERLINES

Partnering with Utilities for Hands-on STEM
October 2016—NSTA Reports

Local Partnerships bring Solar 4R Schools to Peninsula School District
09/01/16—The News Tribune

Frenchtown High School Solar Panels used as a Learning Tool
08/17/16—KPAX-TV News

BEF receives National Leadership Award in Education
10/19/15—U.S. EPA and CRS Recognize BEF with National Leadership in Green Power Education Award for Renewable Energy Education

Portland Public Schools adds solar atop classrooms
10/6/15—Portland Tribune, Sustainable Life section

Students Sail Into Lessons on Solar Power
06/16/15—Inside Vancouver Public Schools

Shining Some Light on the Science of Solar Power
02/04/15—Modesto Bee