For media inquiries, please contact Chaun MacQueen, Sr. Director, CE.

In a Fierce battle aginst climate change, Idaho-led team is up for a $160 million grant 
July 2023— Idaho Statesman

NKN (Neah Kah Nie) School District to Celebrate Upgrades

June 2022—Tillamook Headlight Herald

Garibaldi Outdoor Play Structure and Solar Ribbon Cutting
June 2022—Tillamook County Pioneer

Making Equitable Access to STEM Experiences Possible
June 2022—3Degrees

Empowering the Next Generation of Change Makers
May 2022—WA Department of Ecology

Solar Panels atop Hilltop Heritage Middle School Offset Building Energy Use
April 2022—Tacoma Public Schools

Building a Talented and Inclusive Water Power Workforce 
March 2022—National Hydropower Association, Power House

Hilltop Heritage Middle School First to get Solar Panels
October 2021—Tacoma Public Schools

Fall River Electric and THS Celebrate Solar and Wind Project Installation 
October 2021—Teton Valley News

BEF's CE Program Wins 2021 Green Power Leadership Award for Education 
September 2021—EPA and CRS Press Release

A Teacher's View: Students, Solar Panels & Climate Change
August 2021—The74 via Yahoo News

Technology Innovation fosters national clean energy education program
August 2021—Bonneville Power Administration press release

IE energy educators contribute to first-of-its-kind renewable energy education summit
July 2021—UNC Institute for the Environment News

Teaching energy: Solar and wind panel demonstration installed at North Fremont High school
July 2021—Standard Journal

North Fremont runs alternative energy on site with solar and wind
June 2021—KIFI Local News

Purple Hair Challenge: Jason Lee science teacher goes purple to raise money
May 2021—Tacoma Public Schools Press Release

National Leaders in Clean Energy Education Convene Virtually to Kick Off Efforts to Foster an Equitable Clean Energy Economy
February 2021—eSchool News

Students Advocate for Solar Energy at Tacoma Middle School to Speak on National Panel
October2020—KNKX Public Radio

PGE Renewable Development Fund Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Support Local Renewable Development Projects
November 2019—Portland General Electric Press Release

Watts up? Solar Project at Jason Lee Middle School Becoming a Reality
September 2019—News Tribune

NW Natural Awards $500,000 in Grants for Five Northwest Nonprofits
October 2019—NW Natural Press Release

Partnership Launches Community‐Financed Solar Project for Local Schools: Solar and Batteries will Provide Emergency Power for Neah‐Kah‐Nie Schools
October 2019—Tillamook County Pioneer

Tillamook PUD and Bonneville Environmental Foundation Bring Renewable Energy Educational Opportunity to Neah-Kah-Nie School District
June 2019—Tillamook County Pioneer

Innovative Educators: Boise 4th-graders learn about solar power
January 2019—

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

Sun on the Roof: Frenchtown schools, MEC partner on solar garden

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

Catching to Sun Documentary Screening SOLD OUT
04/19/16—Press Release

Solar 4R Schools: Adding Community & Educational Value to PV System Projects
03/01/16—OSEIA, Oregon Solar Review

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

Save the Date! Washington STEM Summit
12/1/15—Solar 4R Schools to Exhibit in Problem-Solving Gallery

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


Guest articles and conference presentations

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

Solar 4R Schools NSTA Session: Hands-on Tools for Teaching the Science of Solar Energy
11/11/16—NSTA 2016 Area Conference on Science Education in Portland, OR

Join Solar 4R Schools at the NSTA 2016 Area Conference on Science Education in Portland on Friday, 11/11/16 11:00am to Noon. One of our past Renewable Energy Educator Lab teachers, Beverly Satterwhite from Illahee Elementary School in Camas, Washington, will talk about her experience developing hands-on photovoltaics curriculum for her students. Her project focused on the inclusion of photovoltaic arrays in house design, taking into account the mathematics involved with determining correct angles for optimal current and voltage. This NSTA session is open to all grade levels!

As part of this experience, you will gain insight into how to incorporate different engineering challenges focused on this content into your classroom, including overcoming curriculum design challenges. Lastly, you will walk away with FREE classroom materials aligned with the presentation and ready to explore for usage in your classroom.

To find our session: go to this link (, scroll down to "Solar 4R Schools" in the "Browse by Event Sponsor" to filter it for "Hands-on Tools for Teaching the Science of Solar Energy." Make sure to register beforehand to add it to your schedule and receive updates.

Solar 4R Schools: Strategic Partnerships Advancing Renewable Energy and Future Industry Leaders
10/05/16—GoGreen Portland: Sustainability Conference for Business & Government

Generating the Next Generation: Adding Community & Educational Value to PV System Projects
03/01/16—OSEIA, Oregon Solar Review