St. Joseph School
700 18th Ave E
· 5.4 kilowatts DC peak capacity
· (24) Sharp 224W modules
· SMA SB 6000W Inverter
· Seattle City Light
· Seattle Archdiocese
· Puget Sound Solar
Solar Project - St. Joseph School
At St. Joseph School on Capitol Hill, renewable energy is more than a catch phrase. Principal George Hofbauer and Paul Peterhans, a teacher at nearby Seattle Prep, are making sure of that.
St. Joseph's has partnered with Seattle City Light to install solar energy panels and develop a renewable energy curriculum for the K-8 students.
According to Hofbauer, "Alternative forms of energy is the most important issue facing the youth of today as they evolve into leaders of tomorrow."
Twenty-Four solar electric panels on the roof of the school building produce approximately 6,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) each year - enough to power several classrooms. And what's more, students are learning that's it's not just about turning off the lights. Their study includes how of renewable technology ties in to climate change, global warming and whole earth science. The school also plans to have 7th and 8th grade students explore how solar energy can be used to power vehicles as part of an investigation into future uses for solar energy in society.
"Our responsibility to the planet extends not only to all peoples and living creatures and systems alive today, but perhaps more so for future generations as well," said Peterhans.
Seattle City Light has partnered with the Solar 4R Schools team at Bonneville Environmental Foundation to provide renewable energy system monitoring, curriculum and related teacher support.