Solar Schools Canada is collaborating with Clean Foundation and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines to develop and deliver P-6 educational resources employing solar energy concepts to lead students in exploring STEAM, environment, energy and sustainability subject matter. The programming will be delivered as a pilot during the 2019-2020 Academic Year in select Nova Scotian elementary schools. Following this initial trial, educational resources in the form of lesson plans, activities and other educational resources will be made available to schools across Canada.
In the Winter of 2017/ 2018, Solar Schools Canada assisted Mr. David Conley’s Grade 6 Class at Basinview Drive Community School to secure $1,000.00 in seed funding from McInnes Cooper’s Make Change for Children contest in order to purchase classroom solar panel kits.
The students and their teacher will employ the classroom solar energy kits to:
power their classroom set of Google Chromebooks using clean, renewable energy;
employ the kits as a hands-on learning tool to explore the relationship between energy, the environment, and society, as well as science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics;
serve as Clean Energy Ambassadors at Basinview Drive Community School, and to introduce staff and students at the P-5 grade levels to renewable energy; and,
invite actors from the renewable energy sector to come and speak to the students about renewable energy technology, the social and environmental context in which the need for that technology has emerged, and careers in the renewable energy sector.
Solar Schools Canada emerged from the success of a solar schools pilot project at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Project was launched in 2015 as a collaboration between the Environmental Law Students’ Society (ELSS) at the Schulich School of Law and Dalhousie’s Office of Sustainability.
In less than one year, the ELSS and Dalhousie’s Office of Sustainability had mobilized the funds necessary to cover the solar PV systems capital costs through appealing to businesses and individuals.
In August 2017, contractors installed the 3.44 kW system on the roof of the Schulich School of Law.
Over its estimated 25-year lifecycle, the system will:
generate approximately 4,000 kWh of clean energy annually and 100,000 kWh of clean energy over its lifecycle;
prevent emissions of approximately 1,500 kilograms of CO2 annually and 40,000 kilograms of CO2 over its lifecycle;
reduce university operating costs by over $400.00 annually and $8,000.00 over its lifecycle; and,
set an example that other organizations can follow in developing community based renewable energy projects in Nova Scotia and in Canada.