H.B.Lee Middle School
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H.B. Lee Middle School is the 10th project in BEF's Solar 4R Schools™ program, and one of four metro area schools to receive solar electric panels during the first quarter of 2005. As a Renewable School, H.B. Lee Middle School is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1-kilowatt photovoltaic system and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.
Energy monitoring awarded to the school initially connected the live performance data from their PV system to the Energy Exploration Center at Solar4RSchools.org. The performance data from the system was instrumental to the success of the school's Energy Club, through which students and teachers will raise awareness of renewable and alternative resources. Students have also reported on the PV system's function in the monthly school newspaper and hope to educate the community through an annual solar panel car competition.
In 2006, educators within H.B. Lee Middle 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.