Renewable Energy for Wisconsin's K-12 Schools

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.

Mapping Renewable Energy in Wisconsin Schools

KEEP conducted an 

KEEP maintains the Wisconsin Solar Schools Dashboard. The dashboard includes solar school statistics by year, by utility provider and by funding source. Access the dashboard


The data on the map and in the dashboard are only as good as what has been shared with KEEP.  If you know of additional solar schools that should be added to the map or a solar dashboards that should be included, please email KEEP@uwsp.edu.

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:

School Installed Size (kW) County
Forest Edge Elementary School 2020 646 Dane
Deerfield High School
2018 474 Dane
Merton School District 2019 389 Waukesha
Lakeland Union High School 2016 280 Oneida
Eau Claire Memorial High School 2020 252 Eau Claire
Eau Claire North High School 2020 252 Eau Claire
Northland Pines High School 2017 230 Vilas
Algoma School District 2020 193 Kewaunee
Darlington School District 2015 156 Lafayette
Oregon High School 2017 136 Dane
Washburn Elementary School 2020 128 Bayfield
Madison West High School 2020 126 Dane
Eagle River Middle School 2017 120 Vilas
Solon Springs School 2020 109 Douglas



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).

  • Photovoltaic (PV) - 131 schools
  • Solar Thermal - 24 schools
  • Geothermal - 31 schools
  • Biomass - 11 schools
  • Wind  - 5 schools

Resources for K-12 Schools

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.

 
 
RENEW Wisconsin welcomes suggestions for edits additions to the map. 

For inquiries about integrating reneable energy into the curriculum or guidance for renewable energy installation in a K-12 Wisconsin school, 
please contact KEEP@uwsp.edu or 715.346.4770.






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