Asheville and Buncombe County schools are competing in the North Carolina Green Schools’ Solar Schools Challenge, a program that “helps students learn more about energy, about reducing environmental impacts and creates pathways to solar power for our schools.”
The winning school earns a 1-kilowatt solar array for its campus.
The purpose is greater than winning an electricity-generating solar array. The overall objective is to increase the profile of renewable energy and energy efficiency in our schools and larger communities. Our students have found that solar energy is a growing industry throughout North Carolina and brings with it economic, environmental and human health benefits.
Asheville High School’s Solar School Challenge team is asking you, Western North Carolina residents, to show your support for your local school’s efforts. Please go to ncsolarschools.org/schools.html, select a school and support it by entering your name and email address. Asheville High would love your support, but please rally behind your neighborhood school.
Asheville High’s Cougars are engaging in activities and field trips to learn how solar energy and energy efficiency affects our area.
On a lighter note, we are taking selfie pictures in front of solar panels around town. We invite you to be a part of this project. Please use the following hashtags as you post your pictures onto social media: #solarpanelselfie and #AVLsolar.
We want to see how many people are looking for and are supporting solar energy in our community. Please find and follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @AHSsolarCougars.
Sarah Duffer and
the AHS Solar Schools Challenge team