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In addition to building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, the Renewable Classroom PLUS project award from Solar 4R Schools has transformed the school's existing 2-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system into a hands-on classroom tool. The project award was made possible by the generous support of Seattle City Light.
The Solar 4R Schools team repaired the school's existing PV system. In addition, energy monitoring provided to the Parkwood School connected the live performance data from their PV system to the Energy Exploration Center at Solar4RSchools.org. Students and educators nationwide can chart, graph and analyze the system's performance data for educational purposes. In 2008, educators within the 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.