Wisconsin's K-12 Energy Education Program fosters communication among schools with renewable energy systems and those interested in pursuing renewable energy projects in their schools. KEEP also provides curriculum and on-demand professional development (Spring 2021) for educators wishing to incorporate renewable energy concepts in the classroom.
For students, educators, school boards and other stakelholders interested in planning for renewable energy installation for a school building, explore Renewable Energy Resources for Wisconsin K-12 schools.
KEEP conducted an initial survey in 2009-2011 of every school district in Wisconsin to learn which schools have renewable energy systems installed on their buildings, the types of systems (including biomass, geothermal, solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and wind), and when possible number and size. Funding the initial map of Wisconsin schools with renewable energy installations was completed with funding from Focus on Energy.
Inventory Results & Project Locations
2021 Summary of Results
In January 2021, 142 public and private schools with installed renewable energy were mapped (above). Four schools generated 150 kW using wind. The remaining 138 schools generated 5.35 MW of solar electricity! Listed below are Wisconsin schools generating at least 100 kW on site at the school:
2016 Summary of Results
In March 2016, 174 schools across Wisconsin reported renewable energy systems installed on their buildings, with 14% reporting more than one type of system. Most of the schools (145) reported a solar energy system (whether solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal or both).
Two Wisconsin electric utility providers offer funding and curricula for solar energy systems for K-12 schools in their service territories, Madison Gas and Electric and Wisconsin Public Service.
Solar on Schools provides a range of free resources to Wisconsin K-12 schools interested in pursuing a solar PV system.
The Solar Schools Campaign Toolkit will provide you with step-by-step guidance on how to advocate for solar at your schools.
The Wind for Schools project helps develop a future wind energy workforce through small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools.