Schools in Idaho Power Service Territory

About CE (formerly called Solar 4R Schools)

The Solar 4R Schools program has a new identity!  We have a new name and new look that better represents the scope and impact of our program.  We will still offer the following opportunities listed on this page...but the look and feel may change as we begin working together.
You may also notice some instances of the program’s historical name embedded in some of our content and URLs for kiosks for some time until the full transition is complete. Thanks for understanding!

Solar 4R Schools™ aims to inspire a new generation of clean energy leaders with the insight and innovative thinking necessary to solve our most pressing energy challenges. Solar 4R Schools is administered by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). Through contributions to its Green Power Program, Idaho Power awards up to two projects per year to schools located within its service area. Thanks to Idaho Power Company’s Green Power Program participants for supporting the Solar 4R Schools program. There are currently 17 projects in Idaho Power’s service area. Learn more at

Idaho Power projects fall under the Renewable School offering and include teacher training, science kit materials and the installation of a small-scale demonstration photovoltaic (PV) system at your school with data monitoring. Typical photovoltaic systems installed have ranged from 1 to 4 KW, depending on local cost variables. Although applicant match is not required, it can be used to increase the system size beyond the awarded size.

Solar 4R Schools™ does not provide cash grants. Rather, Solar 4R Schools™ provides selected schools with full-service support for the project for teacher professional development training and resources, ongoing content/technical support and BEF project procurement and management of the installation of a demonstration-scale PV system.

Before You Apply

Please review the information below and in the DOWNLOAD THE IDAHO POWER SOLAR 4R SCHOOLS APPLICATION >>


Solar 4R Schools™ currently accepts applications in Idaho Power's service serritory for teacher-led projects at K-12 schools or educational facilities that meet the following criteria


Idaho Power Renewable School Eligibility Criteria

  • Located in the Idaho Power’s Service Area
  • Led by a dedicated Teacher Champion with District support
  • Priority is given to schools without an existing or nearby Solar 4R Schools installation
  • Host school/facility owns the building and is empowered to undertake the installation, operations, and maintenance of a PV system
  • Upon completion of the system, the school will assume system ownership including data monitoring and licenses. Host school must be willing to assume ownership of and maintenance for the PV system, and data monitoring once installed.



Solar 4R Schools™ accepts Renewable School project applications on behalf of Idaho Power on an ongoing basis from educational facilities meeting the above eligibility requirements. Applications are only accepted online; paper applications will not be considered. Solar 4R Schools™ support is provided to eligible schools as funding becomes available. Decisions are tied to the designated application review as indicated below (Deadlines and Notifications). At the end of each review period, all applicants will be informed of the status of their application. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply.

We will accept applications anytime - the deadline (JUST UPDATED) for consideration is April 1st each year.

Idaho Power will review applications and will notify schools shortly after the deadline.

To complete your application, download and fill out the here.