For Release: 09/24/2012
Lakeland Union High School Dedicates SolarWise System
Minocqua, WI - The WPS Community Foundation will officially welcome Lakeland Union High School to the SolarWise for Schools family on Friday, October 5. A special dedication ceremony and a day-long renewable energy fair will be the highlights as Lakeland Union becomes the 48th high school to receive the WPS SolarWise electric rooftop system and renewable energy curriculum. SolarWise is now in its 16th year and is a nationally recognized renewable energy education program.
The new solar panels and curriculum will complement the existing environmental science course and other related courses at the school. The 2-kilowatt solar electric system can power up to three averaged sized classrooms, saving about $350 in energy costs each year. The photovoltaic panels are on the rooftop of the school and not visible from the street. The system consists of ten panels that are about 2 feet in width and 3 feet in length. The award-winning curriculum that is part of the SolarWise program offers students a hands-on renewable energy learning experience. Each spring, WPS Community Foundation hosts an annual student competition (Solar Olympics) for participating SolarWise schools. Seventy-five percent of the high schools in the 19-county WPS service area are now SolarWise schools.
Funding for SolarWise for Schools comes from WPS electric customers who choose to contribute tax- deductible donations to the program. About 2,700 WPS customers currently donate to the program.
About the WPS Community Foundation
The WPS Community Foundation is a private, nonprofit charitable organization providing education about, and options for, renewable energy. Through SolarWise for Schools and the annual Solar Olympics, the Foundation actively promotes renewable energy and responsible environmental activity. Contributions to the WPS Community Foundation are tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law. More information is available at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com or by calling 800 450-7260.
For More Information, Contact:
- Leah Van Zile
Community Relations Leader
Wisconsin Public Service
- Media Hotline