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Students for Solar Schools offers many resources to help your school’s campaign. The best way to guarantee you get the help you want is to email adam.raudonis@gmail.com There is no commitment to sign up or any contract, but we would like you to try you best in getting solar energy to power part of your school. Also if you’d simply like to join the National SSS team in editing materials, web design, fundraising strategies and more contact us as well!

At the Download page you can find pitch pamphlets and everything you need.

Key Terms
(Simplified definitions in order of relevance)

Photovoltaic (PV) – The type of solar panels that covert sunlight directly into electricity.

1Kw – if you left a 100 watt light bulb on for 10 hours, you would use up 1kW. The average American household uses about 866 kW hours per month. A “3kw” solar array could sufficiently power a large classroom.

Solar Thermal – Solar Panels that capture the heat from the sun to heat water

Net Metering Agreement – The most common kind of agreement with a utility where the owner of the solar panels sells power back to the grid for a high price (a school during the summer), and buys it at a low price (during the winter).

Inverter – Needed by every solar panel system to convert generated energy from DC to AC power.

The Grid – Where the electricity is distributed in your city. Most solar systems are grid tied as opposed to “off the grid”. When your system is connected to the grid there is no need for batteries.

PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) – When a provider (solar company or utility) installs, pays for, and maintains the project. As a result, solar installations do not have to pay upfront costs for equipment and installation. Instead, customers pay only for the electricity the system generates. However, the school does not own the panels. Theses kind of agreements have to be dealt with very carefully, and are often “too good to be true.”

Students for Solar Schools offers many resources to help your school’s campaign. The best way to guarantee you get the help you want is to email adam.raudonis@gmail.com There is no commitment to sign up or any contract, but we would like you to try you best in getting solar energy to power part of your school. Also if you’d simply like to join the National SSS team in editing materials, web design, fundraising strategies and more contact us as well! At the Download page you can find pitch pamphlets and everything you need. Key Terms (Simplified definitions in order of relevance) Photovoltaic (PV) – The type of solar panels that covert sunlight directly into electricity. 1Kw – if you left a 100 watt light bulb on for 10 hours, you would use up 1kW. The average American household uses about 866 kW hours per month. A “3kw” solar array could sufficiently power a large classroom. Solar Thermal – Solar Panels that capture the heat from the sun to heat water Net Metering Agreement – The most common kind of agreement with a utility where the owner of the solar panels sells power back to the grid for a high price (a school during the summer), and buys it at a low price (during the winter). Inverter – Needed by every solar panel system to convert generated energy from DC to AC power. The Grid – Where the electricity is distributed in your city. Most solar systems are grid tied as opposed to “off the grid”. When your system is connected to the grid there is no need for batteries. PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) – When a provider (solar company or utility) installs, pays for, and maintains the project. As a result, solar installations do not have to pay upfront costs for equipment and installation. Instead, customers pay only for the electricity the system generates. However, the school does not own the panels. Theses kind of agreements have to be dealt with very carefully, and are often “too good to be true.”

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