Solar panels located on the side of the Resilience Research CenterBadger Rock Charter Middle School not only combine with roof panels to generate energy for the facility but also serve as window awnings Photo courtesy of Hoffman Planning Design amp Construction Inc

Solar panels located on the side of the Resilience Research Center/Badger Rock Charter Middle School not only combine with roof panels to generate energy for the facility, but also serve as window awnings. Photo courtesy of Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.

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Technological advancements and a broadening array of financing options make photovoltaic systems increasingly attractive to schools.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electricity rates are expected to continue to climb. This gloomy news is offset somewhat by the fact that on-site solar costs have fallen dramatically in the last five years, even as the availability of new financing options to install solar systems has grown.

On-site renewable energy, especially solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in many locations, should be considered with every new sch

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