Solar Kids Corner
Renewable Rochester solar schools program promotes our area schools and renewable energy to help make a brighter future for students who want to follow a solar technology career! We strongly support our community partners program, and using our renewable energy systems as an educational tool for future learning.
Pictured above is the BOCES #1 renewable energy trailer from Penfield New York. This is a part of Renewable Rochester’s solar schools program, and a large part of our renewable energy community. This trailer serves as a learning tool for students, and is powered by solar panels and a bicycle for power generation and fitness!! The laptops, lighting, projection screen and other electric are 100% renewable energy, well almost Our thanks to BOCES for making this project possible!
Below is a list of just some of the ways that Renewable Rochester is helping our communities in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse New York to bring an awareness of renewable and sustainable energy programs along with higher education learning.
Solar Schools monitoring program: We offer the latest in new technology for our solar schools programs. We can install a solar electric system in your school and monitor your system. We then provide the teachers and students with a URL to view your schools solar system. We connect our schools to make renewable energy fun for everyone.. Your school solar system is our renewable energy future!
Below is a list of ideas for the schools programs:
- Solar water pumping green house
- Solar lighting
- Solar educational trailers
- Renewable Fitness units (Bicycles that create energy)
- Solar remote stand alone units
- Portable remote solar stand alone power supply units for field trips
- Remote solar kits for Environmental Science and lab applications (Bring electric with you for hands on learning)
Our kids, our world, our environment
Teaching Renewable Energy In Schools: Shawn Lessord teaches to schools on how they can help promote renewable energy, offering schools suggestions to bring in renewable and sustainable energy design into the classroom.
Shawn also brings a positive approach to renewable energy education and making sure that our systems are a teaching tool for our future success!!
Andrew working on Solar Educational Units
- Solar sign lighting for the general public: Visit some of solar lighting designed systems if you are in any of these areas around the Rochester New York area. We have designed three solar lighting systems for the Village of Spencerport New York, Hamlin Beach State Park, The Town of Clarkson New York, Rochester Institute of Technology bus stop lighting, and several more!
How does solar work?
Sunlight shines on the solar panels which are typically on a roof. The sunlight is turned into DC electric energy like in a car. This DC electric then goes to an inverter where the DC electric is turned into AC electric which most homes in the world use.
- Solar Panels on a roof
- Power inverter which turns DC electric into AC electric
- Loads and appliances in your home
- Utility meter (This will turn backwards when the solar panels are producing more energy then the home is using)
- Utility Grid – The Grid gets it’s power from many sources including, wind, coal, nuclear, and hydro. Solar, Hydro and Wind are forms of renewable energy and are a clean way to produce energy from a natural resource.
If a home is net metered, then when the home is using less energy then the solar panels are producing, the excess energy is going back to the utility so others can use it! This also helps the utility company when demand on the grid is high during the summer, as that is when solar panels work best.
For more information on fun projects your can visit NASA at http://quest.nasa.gov/sso/kids