St. Helens High School
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As a Renewable School, St. Helens High School in St. Helens, Oregon is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1.1-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.
The project is brightening the future for students at St. Helens High School. The project educates students and teachers on the functions and benefits of solar electric power, while providing clean energy to help offset a portion of the school’s electricity use. The project award was made possible by the generous support of the Columbia River People's Utility District (CRPUD).
In 2007, educators within the school received a customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website. Energy monitoring provided by the Solar 4R Schools program made the live performance data from their PV system available for educational purposes at the time of the project. A touchscreen kiosk located within the facility allowed visitors to interact with the system's live performance data while learning about the science and benefits of renewable energy.