A Web site that highlights the real-time power generation of Chicago-area schools' solar power systems has been launched by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).
IllinoisSolarSchools.org shows data from the 51 solar power systems installed at schools using grant money from ICECF and ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based utility Exelon Corp. ComEd and ICECF have distributed more than $200,000 in grants this year to support the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electric generation systems at 14 schools and two other education-focused nonprofit community organizations in northern Illinois.
The selected schools and community organizations received funding to install a 1 kW PV system and to integrate a specialized curriculum covering renewable energy. The funding for each selected school includes up to $10,000 from ICECF to pay for the cost of the system and $2,000 from ComEd to fund the Foundation for Environmental Education.
ComEd also will provide participating teachers who attend a Solar School Workshop with a grade-level appropriate Schools Going Solar instruction kit and additional teaching materials created by the National Energy Education Development Project.