U.S. Department of Energy
This program will support the installation of photovoltaic systems with battery back-up on strategically located schools and emergency shelters throughout the state. The Office of Energy will coordinate with the Florida Solar Energy Center to select 90 co-located schools and emergency shelters in Florida and install 10 kW and larger solar systems with data loggers on each site. The program will include operation and maintenance workshops for energy and facilities managers and administer education orientation workshops for teachers. There are four primary objectives to this program:
(1) creating or saving green collar jobs by hiring solar contractors to install solar systems;
(2) providing power for critical needs during power outages and times of disaster;
(3) educating future generations about solar energy technologies; and
(4) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, it will update the http://www.energywhiz.com Web site to include new system information for each of the 90 schools/shelters.