students fixing schools themselves

A solar success story from eight years of high schoolers |
Midland is a model that can be replicated elsewhere. Students are an ideal labor force for installing ground- mounted systems. On the one hand, it may seem like more work, and thus harder to involve and train them than it would to just bring in the team of professionals to do the installation, but that is precisely the point. It does take work to train people, but the outcome is a group of students who feel stoked by doing meaningful work. The value of a $12-$20K investment in a household-sized grid-tied PV array is amplified by the number of students who get to experience it as part of their education. In fact, given the educational impact, the upfront price tag starts to seem like a bargain when compared to expenses for consumable classroom items or for technology that will become obsolete within years. This is a class project that will actually pay for itself and shrink a school’s electricity bills for years and years to come.
If the students could then continue to garden, and cook that food, and choose their classes and modify their schedules and program carpool databases and run bike workshops ..... democracy and daily choices by students and families would allow a degree of conservation no other approach to education even approaches.
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