In administering the Michigan Renewable Schools Program (MRSP),
Energy Works will visit Michigan schools to perform site analysis
and design, coordinate, and implement solar/wind system installations
and energy efficiency improvements to cut energy costs at schools
statewide. Energy Works will develop an associated educational program
aligned with school curricula to teach students, faculty, staff
and the general public about renewable energy to promote a clean
Right now, there is a unique opportunity for schools to benefit
from this program. Energy Works will help selected schools pursue
energy improvements through four innovative programs listed below.
Interested schools are required to show a commitment to sustainable
efforts in order to apply for these programs. Energy Works is providing
some funding for these programs, but most schools will be required
to provide some additional funding.
Renewable Energy Program (K-12) -
Renewable Energy Program works with schools to design, coordinate,
and implement installations of educational solar/wind systems. Over
two years, Energy Works will coordinate 20 small-scale solar/wind
installations, along with three larger wind systems, at schools
across Michigan. These systems are coordinated with tailored lesson
plans, web-based monitoring, and an interactive high profile display.
Energy Audit Program (K-12) -
The Energy Audit
Program coordinates a detailed energy assessment by licensed architects
and engineers, including recommended improvements and future savings.
MRSP will provide matching funding for up to 60 schools to acquire
Technical Energy Assessments (TEAs). These TEAs will be part of
an Energy Plan developed in collaboration with each school. Schools
can use these recommendations to make energy improvements that will
not only pay for themselves, but can also provide a significant
energy savings for the school each year!
Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Lesson Plans (K-12) -
Michigan will develop lesson plans focusing on Michigan’s
unique renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities, aligned
with the State of Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations
(GLCEs). Teacher training and lesson plans will be specific to the
energy improvements made at participating schools.
Post-secondary Program -
junior colleges, and universities with established renewable energy/energy
efficiency programs are invited to apply for three $10,000 grants
to further their studies. These faculty/student groups will then
work to build relationships with K-12 schools, by sharing experiences
as they prepare to enter green careers.