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

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

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