Boise High School
Live Solar Electric Generation
Bonneville Environmental Foundation provided educational materials and project management services for this project through its Solar 4R Schools program. BEF, a non-profit organization, was established in 1998 to restore watershed ecosystems and further the development and use of renewable energy resources. Through revenues generated from the sales of green power products, BEF funds and manages projects that restore damaged watersheds and support new renewable energy.
Idaho Power's Solar 4R Schools program is designed to educate students about renewable energy by placing solar installations on school property. Energy generated by these small-scale solar-electric systems helps the participating schools offset a portion of their electricity bills. Each installation also includes a data monitoring system and curriculum package designed to educate students about solar energy.
Schools in Idaho Power's service area may apply for a Solar 4R Schools installation. To apply, schools submit an application that outlines their interest in renewable energy, how they plan to use the system and data in the classroom, and how it supports other activities in their school such as energy efficiency or environmental education.
Through strong partnerships, local communities are having a position of influence on global issues.
Boise High School would like to thank Idaho Power for funding this project and Bonneville Environmental Foundation for providing project management and educational materials. By choosing non-polluting, renewable energy and protecting important natural resources, we are making a difference in the health of our community and environment, now and for generations to come. It is our hope that this project will inspire students to pursue careers and make decisions that make our world a better place.