The BISD solar panel has been installed, and will begin collecting solar energy and is tracking energy production and usage at North Richland Middle School. The solar panel is made possible by a grant from TXU Energy, in partnership with Solar City and National Energy Education Development (NEED). The solar data collected will be available online to all BISD students.
The goal of the TXU Energy Solar Academy is to bring solar energy education to the classroom. TXU Energy provided a contribution to the NEED Project to launch a solar education program that helps teachers meet the requirements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), helps students and their families understand basic energy concepts, and brings solar demonstration installations to local communities.
TXU Energy Solar Academy programs teach students about energy and electricity generation while introducing students to the power of the Sun. TXU Energy and NEED came together to provide award-winning resources, the power of a local solar installation, and the high-quality teacher support and resources available from NEED. This past year, 40 BISD teachers attended the TXU Solar Academy and received training and materials to help support BISD curriculum in the area of alternative energy. BISD schools will also become a part of a solar collaborative with other schools around the U.S. among which solar energy data will be shared.
More information on the can be found at the TXU Energy Solar Academy website.
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The 4-meter high, 3-m x 3-m solar panel has been installed at North Richland Middle School, and is collecting energy from the Sun.