Renewable Schools

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 energy future.

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) -

The 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) -

Energy Works 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 -

Community colleges, 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.


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