The solar industry has been growing rapidly in the past few years, with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reporting a 30% increase in solar installations from 2013 to 2014. Part of this growth is reflected in the increasing number of solar installations at schools and universities. As of September 2014, there were 3,752 K-12 schools in the United States with solar installations, according to SEIA, and that number is continuing to grow.
The impetus to install solar often comes from environmentally minded students and parents. One example is Lava Ridge Elementary School in Bend, Oregon (US), where a parent who had recently installed solar on her home approached school authorities to inquire if it was possible to install solar there as well. After discussing the possibility with other parents, the principal approached the school district with a proposal to put solar on the school’s roof.
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