June 23, 2014
Students held a press conference Monday at Henley Middle School. Their goal: to install more solar panels at Albemarle County schools.
Students from the Solar School Initiative led the conference. The organization is a student-run campaign to install more solar panels on schools and reduce the energy costs for schools and make them greener.
School officials say the solar panels provide more than just a financial and environmental benefit; they can also be educational.
“It’s very useful and beneficial to have a solar system on site the students can experiment with and learn from,” says Environmental Compliance Manager Lindsay Snoddy. “That's part of the reason we did these demo panels here is because students can't get on the roof at the same time. So it’s nice to have something they can experiment with right out in front of the school.”
Crozet Elementary and Western Albemarle High School have both applied for loans to install solar panels.