Students at Ocean Knoll Elementary School in Encinitas recently became solar power superheroes following a lesson on sustainable energy delivered by Sullivan Solar Power.
Sullivan Solar Power team members Justin Hammond, Josh Craig, Emily Padilla and Jennifer Szumowski provided the lesson, which focused on defining energy, how solar panels create energy and how this helps our environment. After the lesson, the students used their theoretical knowledge for practical use by building solar-powered model cars.
The Ocean Knoll Elementary School was one of six Encinitas Union School District schools to go solar in the summer of 2016 as part of a combined 1.27MW-AC project, Sullivan Solar Power's largest single-site project to date. The estimated 25-year savings from the Ocean Knoll Elementary project will be $2,499,657 and the district will save $21,026,832 on energy bills over the next 25 years. See more information on the Encinitas Union School District solar power project here.
"We see this as an opportunity to lead by example with finding tangible ways to give our students a brighter future," said Dr. Timothy Baird, Encinitas Union School District Superintendent.
In a recent interview with Alt Energy Magazine, Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of Sullivan Solar Power outlined the multiple benefits for schools that elect to go solar. “Going solar is a cost-effective way to deliver on schools’ sustainability goals and help the planet fight climate change,” Sullivan said. “Going solar can create many educational opportunities for schools. Students can see how sunlight is transferred into electricity and learn about the environmental benefits of solar energy.”
Following the success of this lesson, other classes at other Encinitas school campuses have asked Sullivan Solar Power to provide similar educational lessons at their schools. If you or your school is interested in learning more about solar power, please feel free to contact our team on 1-800-SULLVAN.