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Solar Calculator iPhone App Released!

PV Solar Calculator iPhone AppThe founder of Students for Solar Schools, Adam Raudonis, recently released an iPhone App called PV Solar Calculator that calculates the environmental and economic benefits of solar installations. Designed for both homeowners and installers, it determines the appropriate size needed and then provides a wealth of information in an easy to use format.


November 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

SSS Chapter Started in Texas!

James Lai and Kevin Fu recently founded a Students for Solar Schools Chapter at Clements High School in Texas with the hope of uniting campus environmental groups with the common goal of advocating for solar panels on their school. Check back for updates!

September 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

WHS SSS Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Click on a picture to see a larger version. We had a great turn out! The Mayor, City Council Woman, School Board, Superintendent, Principal, Adviser, WHS SSS, TOHS SSS, NPHS SSS, OPHS SSS were all there! Notice we cut the ribbon with giant golden scissors we borrowed! Thank you to SEA CASA for the free, delicious food!

June 10, 2010 at 12:13 am 1 comment

Westlake High Installs a 6.3kW Solar Array!!!

A year and a half of work comes to fruition, resulting in the World’s Largest Student Funded Solar Project! The Opening Ceremony will be Monday, June 7th at 3:30 PM.

May 15, 2010 at 11:06 am 3 comments

Solar Install Paperwork Complete!

Finally, all the paperwork for the rebate and installation has been complete even including the interconnection agreement. This is an important step toward realizing the Westlake Project’s goal of a 6.3kW system installed soon!

March 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

Message from our VP of Technology!

Students for Solar Schools is gearing up to enter in a national video contest for a grant. While we’ve been filming, we’ve decided to do some small interviews as well so you can be introduced to our team! Here’s Lisa Peng:

March 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

OPHS SSS Helps Elementary School Go Solar!!!

Pam Chang, a junior at Oak Park High School, lead the effort to get a 2.8kW DC solar array installed at her local elementary school. Oak Hills Elementary gained 12 large, state of the art 220W SolarWorld panels donated by SolarWorld USA. Advanced Solar Electric also generously donated free labor and installation. More updates on what you can expect next to come soon!!!

March 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

Thousand Oaks SSS Publicizes First Meeting!

Hyping the first few Students for Solar Schools meetings is crucial for a great start for the solar campaign. The Thousand Oaks Students for Solar Schools team designed some great posters that any school can use if edited. You can view and download the several variations by clicking here. Edit them to fit your school’s needs by using Adobe Fireworks which you can get a Free 30 Day Trial for. Thank you Alex Chen, Daniel Luo, and Jingyi Li.

February 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm 1 comment

Westlake High School Plan Progressing

Here’s a glimpse as to what the installation at Westlake will actually look like. Due to some recent concerns about the structural integrity of the roofs, the panels will now go on the carport behind Building 3.

January 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

SSS High School Rivalry & Sustainbility Summit

Today I gave a 25 minute presentation about Students for Solar Schools at my rival high school’s first ever sustainability summit. Thousand Oaks High School’s 2010 summit was a huge success and even Superintendent Contini made an appearance and gave a riveting speech about his childhood experience living near the Cuyahoga River and seeing the polluted water actually catch fire. My school spirit was slightly tarnished when I found out by a show of hands that many more Thousand Oaks students were knowledgeable of the Copenhagen Climate Conference than at Westlake. I have already received emails from students who are interested in starting an SSS chapter. One at TOHS would mean every single high school in CVUSD will have a Students for Solar Schools chapter!

January 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm 1 comment

North Augusta High Students Achieve Solar Success with a 2kW system!

Byron Thomas, the student body Vice President of North Augusta High School wrote to me today about his inspiring story:

“I got North Augusta High School 10, 200watt solar panels which will equal a 2 kilowatt system. With the help of the EarthDay Network all of my dreams of turning my high school into a green school are coming true!!! We’re working with the EarthDay Network in Washington DC with the Director of Education Sean Miller and former Green Schools Coordinator Mike Beebe who sold my story to companies and there partners, in which BP was grateful to donate the solar panels to my high school for no cost…The panels will save my school over $35,000 in a 25 year spin, reduce over 100,000 pounds of Carbon-Dioxide, and serve over 3% of my schools energy needs… I’ve been invited to a National Environmental Conference in New York City, and one of the Co-Presidents asked me would I like to speak at the workshop when I come up there to share my story and bring a video to show the installation process and everything else to dealing with my story and solar panels… I will turn my school into a Green School before I graduate in 2011 and put North Augusta High School on the top of the map.”

You can contact Byron at and also the Earth Day Network at

December 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

SSS President to Attend Copenhagen

This December marks an important milestone for international climate negotiations. The COP15 also known as the Copenhagen Climate Change Convention will occur from December 5th to 19th with the goal of creating a new non-binding treaty. Adam Raudonis, the founder of Students for Solar Schools, was selected to be one of two American teenagers representing the British Council’s International Climate Champions Program at Copenhagen.

November 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm 2 comments

Students for Solar Schools Finalist for SCA Grant

The Students for Solar Schools project at Westlake High School was selected as a finalist for the Student Conservation Association’s Green Your School Award sponsored by the NBC Universal Foundation. The grand prize is a $5000 grant. Please Click here to see the Students for Solar Schools page on the SCA website.

November 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

On the Homestretch, Westlake Solar Installation Doubled!

webmeet1Last Friday marked an important milestone for the Westlake Students for Solar Schools project.webmeet2 The meeting brought together the district facilities department, Advanced Solar Electric, Tremco Roofing, and Students for Solar Schools. It is humbling to witness all these diverse groups coming together to work towards the common goal of installing solar panels at Westlake. Thanks to a donation from Solar World, and free roof work from Tremco, it was officially confirmed at the meeting that our system size would be more than doubled! What started as a 2.8kW dream, has grown to be a 6.65kW, 36 panel array! This new array will be able to power at least the lights of 5 classrooms and offset 270,000 Lbs of Carbon Dioxide. The new size will also make it the world’s largest student led solar installation!!!


November 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm 1 comment

Westlake SSS holds record Fundraiser!

sea casaOn October 6th, Students fSeaCasa3or Solar Schools held a fundraiser at the Sea Casa Restaurant from 4 to 9 pm. Westlake SSS earned over $600, making it the most successful fundraising night the restaurant has ever seen. The owner told me that at one point a line stretched completely around the buildings. They even ran out of rice and beans! 25% of the revenue went directly toward the SSS project at Westlake High School. This was our second to last fundraiser as we prepare to place our order for the panels!

October 6, 2009 at 12:29 pm 1 comment

SSS President Interviews Mayor Villaraigosa

At the Governor’s Global Climate Summit I had the opportunity to interview Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa about Climate Change and Solar Schools Initiatives in LA.

October 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm 2 comments

SSS Goes International with Canadian Chapter!

canadian-flag-640Students for Solar Schools gains its first international chapter thanks to Alanna, a Canadian International Climate Champion from Swift Current, Saskatchewan who plans on starting a solar initiative at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. She hopes to use her Take Action Club, which she is head of, as a resource for furthering her solar initiative. SCCHS has about 1000 students.

September 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

SSS to present to Westlake Rotary Club

rotary_logoStudents for Solar Schools has been invited to give a short presentation to the Westlake Village Sunrise Rotary Club next Friday, September 11th. Adam Raudonis and Lisa Peng will again be representing Westlake’s SSS at the event.

September 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

Student Green Group in Oregon Joins SSS Network

Students for Solar Schools will be working with Corvallis High School as they make progress towards the ambitious goal of a 100kW system for their campus. The student led initiative there received a $20,000 Walmart Grant, which will go towards the first 10kW of PV solar to be installed. Please visit the Green CHS weStudents for Solar Schools Logobsite to learn more about the project aGreenCHSnd donate or become a partner. The 10kW per year philosophy, has the advantage of ensuring that many generations of students will have the opportunity to become leaders in pursuing renewable energy.

September 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm 1 comment

SSS speaks at Westlake Business Connections

Students for Solar Schools founder Adam Raudonis and VP Lisa Peng were invited to present their story about creating and developing SSS at the Westlake Business Connections meeting. The event’s theme is “Growing Business by Networking People.” The nationwide network Students for Solar Schools has built is what makes our project truly unique. As the Westlake High Solar Initiative nears completion, even more energy will be able to be devoted to helping other schools follow our model, and making sure each SSS leader is connected with fellow SSS members across the country. Thanks to Mr. Hellebrand for inviting us to the meeting!

September 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

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