Solar Power Systems Educate Students, Reduce Costs for Schools and Provide Emergency Power

COCOA, July 14, 2011 – Nearly 100 Florida schools will be soaking up solar rays to power their buildings this fall thanks to the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC).

FSEC, a University of Central Florida research institute, is providing each school with a 10-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic (PV) system valued at more than $80,000. These systems allow schools to capture the sun’s rays and turn them into energy to help reduce electricity costs, and they also serve as generators during a power outage. Installation of the systems – under way now – will reduce energy costs by up to $1,500 a year and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The photovoltaic system at Oak Hammock Middle School in Ft. Myers is near completion.
The photovoltaic system at Oak Hammock Middle School in Ft. Myers is near completion.

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FSEC Offers Free Public Presentation on Solar Electricity

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is introducing a new speaker seminar series on current energy issues with a presentation Wednesday evening, November 30, on photovoltaic energy (solar electric systems). The talk will be given by Dr. Christopher Wronski, the Leonard Professor of Microelectronic Materials and Devices at the Pennsylvania State University. Read more

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