For Release: 08/14/2012
Lakeland Union High School is SolarWise
Green Bay, WI - Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua, Wisconsin will be added to the ever 'green and growing' family of Wisconsin Public Service "SolarWise for Schools" this summer.
Now in its 16th year, the nationally recognized renewable energy education program will have 48 of the 63 high schools in the WPS electric service area as full participants in the WPS SolarWise for Schools program.
"We are very excited about being selected to join the SolarWise program" said Principal James Bouche of Lakeland Union High School. The new solar panels and curriculum will complement the existing environmental science course and the technical education program. "There is a strong environmental awareness culture here and we want to be known as a green school" added Bouche.
SolarWise is the only program in the country that provides a fully functional photovoltaic system to each school, along with a complete science based renewable energy curriculum, trains the teachers that use the program and hosts an annual student competition for participating SolarWise Schools.
Each school is provided with a 2-kilowatt solar electric system that can power the lighting in three averaged sized classrooms, saving about $350 in energy costs each year. The total equipment, installation and data reporting system has about a $30,000 value.
Funds for the SolarWise program, including those used for the solar-electric hardware and installations, comes primarily from voluntary donations made by customers of Wisconsin Public Service to the WPS Community Foundation. Currently about 3,000 customers contribute.
"The positive environmental impacts from generating electricity using the sun are obvious," said Mike Moore of Wisconsin Public Service. "But perhaps, the biggest impact is having teens get actual hands-on, practical, real-life experience in the application of solar energy for functioning projects," added Moore. "It's important to support these students as someday they may be the decision makers in determining our energy future."
As part of the SolarWise for Schools program, all the selected schools are eligible to participate in the Annual "Solar Olympics," a one-day event scheduled for early May 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The event gives students the opportunity to compete in the twelve solar "events" against teams from other schools. Events range from building solar-powered water heaters, cookers and race cars to designing sculptures and composing essays and photography with a solar theme.
About Lakeland Union High School
Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) located 74 miles north of Wausau in the town of Minocqua has approximately 800 students and 65 classroom teachers. The district covers twelve towns in Oneida and Vilas Counties with an estimated population of nearly 20,000 residents. LUHS has been active in pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects along with an active recycling program. More information about LUHS is available at www.luhs.k12.wi.us or by calling 715-356-5252.
About the WPS Community Foundation, Inc.
The WPS Community Foundation is a private, nonprofit charitable organization providing information and options for renewable energy. Through SolarWise® for Schools and the annual Solar Olympics, the Foundation actively works to preserve the environment for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. Contributions to the WPS Community Foundation are tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law. More information is available on the Web at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com or by calling toll-free 800-450-7260.
For More Information, Contact:
- Leah Van Zile
Community Relations Leader
Wisconsin Public Service
- Media Hotline