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Our school has won several grants which we've used to make our school
as "green" as possible. We have a 1.06 kW solar system on it's own digital
meter that helps power our library & computer lab, this is compliments of a
PG&E grant awarded in the fall of 2006.
Another PG&E grant, the Bright Ideas grant, awarded in the fall of 2007,
allowed us to buy 16 solar "Sun Ovens" (www.sunoven.com) which the kids use
to prepare their lunches, cookies, cakes, snacks, etc. on any sunny day. As
a part of this grant, we are working on creating a solar cookbook to sell
so we can raise some money to send a Sun Oven to Africa. We have contact
with a village in the Congo that still relies on wood for cooking, etc. Our
hope is to send at least one oven per year to this village so as they learn
about solar cooking, they can distribute the ovens to the villagers as they
learn how to use the solar ovens.
In the fall of 2007 we were awarded a grant from the Paradise Community
Foundation that allowed us to start a large recycling and composting program
at our school. This grant was awarded to us in large part due to the help of
Jennifer Arbuckle of Norther Recycling and Waste Services. In the fall of
2007 our recycling program got off the ground and in the spring of 2008 we
added a 7,000-worm "worm farm" and two thermal-composters as well as a rain-
diversion barrel. It is our hope to now add a vegetable & herb garden near
our worm farm so we can grow veggies, which we will use to prepare recipes
in our solar ovens!
All of this has been such a blast, and watching our 6th graders learn about
conservation, the principles of "reduce, reuse, recycle" and how to apply
them in real life has been so amazing! Parents are telling us all the time
that their kids are hounding them for throwing away recyclable items or
things that can be composted. It is just awesome!
MORE ABOUT OUR GRANTS:
Evergreen's 16 Sun Ovens:
Only one year after winning the solar panel grant, E6 won another
awesome PG&E grant through their "Bright Ideas" program! We used
the money from this grant to purchase 16 amazing Sun Ovens. These
solar ovens cook using only the power of the sun and can get up to 400˚
More information to follow soon...
Students who sign up to cook items at school:
-Prepare at home, take dirty dishes home that day.
-Have a back-up lunch (sun, wind, rain, 4-square ball)
-9x10 pan maximum
-Think healthy, balanced meals
-Partner with others to make several items to share for lunch
-Set up on your time before school, at break or lunch
-Keep track of what works for a future recipe book assignment
-Sign up in E2, experiment, and enjoy cooking with free energy!
Great Solar Cooking resource!
Another site promoting solar cooking....
PG&E Solar Schools Program
Evergreen's 1.06 kW System:
We are so furtunate to have won this grant from PG&E for a FREE solar
system! Total value is approximately $20,000! This includes the solar
panels, monitoring system w/ 5 year subscription, teacher training and
resources, and incredible support from all of the organizations involved.
Please review the links below to learn more. Also, here is a partial list of
all who made this possible:
PG&E, Dan Quigley and Alyssa Newman
Glen Kizer, The Foundation for Environmental Education
Mary Spruil, The NEED organization
Paradise Unified School District Staff:
David Hurd, Facilities Administration
Teri Williams, Accounting
Wayne Harry, Technology
Steve Jennings, Administration
Ron Schmidt, Administration
Steve Harrington, Administration
Tom Taylor, Administration
Mike Ervin, Administration
Steve Taber, Princeton Energy
Tony Alexander, Coordinating Donations
NorthGate Rock, Soil for underneath panels, sand for wall and delivery!!!
Ace Hardware (Paradise) for a price break on the cinder blocks for the
Below is a link to the Solar Schools website. Here you can see the
application process, as well as program outline.
This link will show the location of all current and future PG&E Solar
Schools. An endless supply of data from around the state!
Here is the subcontractor who installed the Evergreen system. They
took time out of their work to explain the system to our students and to
answer several questions from students and staff. Thanks to Jake, Nick and
Our system has Sharp brand solar panels. They have a great website -
including a calculator to help determine if solar is right for you!
Click on the EZ Calculator on the left hand side of this website.
Darian's grandfather owns a local solar business. Great information
how it pays to go solar!
Teodor Galitev, Design and solar engineer for the project. Here is his
Thanks to Chris Graillat of the California Department of energy for
providing the next two informative links. Find our about the California
Solar Initiative, an excellent solar calculator, and a list of registered
local installers. There are also calculators on the Web site to determine
what you need.
An up-to-date blog on what is happening at solar schools around the country.
National Energy Education Development Project
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
An annual Plumas County Solar Cook-Off in July
Helmet teaches us by showing how to make your house more efficient - and
Here is a list of just some of our supporters:
List of sponsors:
Bogo Solar Lights
Butte County Air Quality Management District
California State Garden Grant
California State University, Chico – Mary Portis
Foundation for Environmental Education
Paradise Community Foundation
Paradise Garden Center
Paradise Garden Club
Paradise Parks and Recreation
Region 2 STEM Grant
The Worm Farm
The AMAZING students and parents of Evergreen 6!