Enphase Energy officially enters into a charitable partnership with the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund (BDR Fund) to install sola PV systems in over 25 schools across the U.S. at the K-12 level. Enphase’s donation will contribute to the fund’s goal of installing 20,000 solar PV systems to domestic schools by the year 2020, bringing solar awareness and education to young children.
Local environmental nonprofit and youth charity Climate Circle completed the first joint BDR Fund-Enphase PV installation in April 2014 at the Josephine Locke Elementary School in downtown Chicago. The next phase of the partnership calls for Enphase to donate up to 100 microinverters and 25 Envoy communication gateway devices for small educational PV systems at approximately 25 schools this year alone. The BDR Fund will identify and select the recipient schools, handling all installation logistics.
“The generosity of donors such as Enphase has allowed us to reach thousands of schoolchildren and promote renewable energy education,” said Yolanda Seabrooks, program director of the BDR Fund. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Enphase and increasing solar awareness among the nation’s youth.”
Once deployed by the BDR Fund installer partners, the solar systems’ visibility helps educate not only students but also teachers, parents and community about the benefits of solar energy. Teachers at schools with Enphase systems will also be able to include relevant ‘hands-on’ solar data in their curriculum by using the proprietary Enlighten monitoring software.
(Photo: Black Rock Solar Field Trip to The Children's Cabinet with Clayton Middle School. Photo Credit: BlackRockSolar)