Solar for Students Program

participating schools and organizations

Participating schools and organizations

computers powered

Desktop computers powered by each solar array

TVs powered

42-inch LED TVs powered by each solar array

Solar for Students

Dominion Energy continues to dramatically expand its solar power infrastructure.  As part of this effort, the Solar for Students program provides students the chance to observe and learn firsthand about harnessing solar energy from a solar array.  Participating public schools and educational organizations receive a 1.2 kilowatt solar system that converts sunlight into electric power, educational materials, and training for educators.

Students will be able to track the generation of electric power by viewing their data online and can challenge other participating schools around the world to a solar power match to see who generates the most.

The National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) continues to administer the program by providing technical support, coordinating the installation of solar panels, preparing educational materials for students and training for teachers.

We are very excited about the success of the program from our initial pilot in 2015 of (4) schools to presently (34) participants. 

Each year, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation reviews and considers grant programs that best meet the needs of the communities served by Dominion Energy.  We look forward to a continued successful outcome from our current Solar for Students participants and will revisit the possibility of offering solar arrays to additional schools and educational non profit organizations with STEM programming in the near future.

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The program provides:

  • 1.2 kilowatt photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into electric power, often referred to as “solar on a stick”.
  • An online monitoring tool, to provide real-time data on the system’s activity and the amount of electricity generated.
  • A online data display to show teachers, students, parents, and school visitors the output of the system.
  • Solar Energy training for classroom teachers and school personnel.
  • Solar curriculum, based on state standards, and hands-on kits that will teach students how solar works and how energy, the environment and economics are all part of energy decision making.
  • A Solarbration to cut the ribbon and showcase the school’s new installation to the local community.
  • Connections to other Solar for Students program participants to share data, partner on projects and expand learning.

Participating Schools

  • Irmo High School, Lexington County, SC
  • Bowen's Corner Elementary School, Berkeley County, SC
  • Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Career Tech Academy, Halifax County, VA
  • C.S. Brown High School STEM, Hertford County, NC
  • Dinwiddie High School, Dinwiddie County, VA
  • Eau Claire High School, Richland County, SC
  • Gilbert High School, Lexington County, SC
  • Great Bridge Middle School, Chesapeake City, VA
  • Advanced Career Education Center (ACE) at Highland Springs, Henrico County, VA
  • Louisa Middle School, Louisa County, VA
  • New Horizons Regional Education Centers, Hampton, VA
  • Port Royal Sound Foundation, Beaufort County, SC
  • Quioccasin Middle School, Henrico County, VA
  • Riverside High School, Loudoun County, VA
  • Dent Middle School, Richland County, SC
  • Spratley Gifted Center/ Hampton City Schools, Hampton, VA