Introducing Solar Technology to Classrooms - A Significant Move

SEPA's latest report shows that out of 59 percent of consumers who had interest in solar, only 20 percent were acquainted with community solar. This is due to the lack of relevant information on solar technology or its detailed benefits. It means that, to speed up the development of solar industry, every participant should value the popularizing of education about solar technology.

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It is inspiring that “solar” is grabbing its opportunity to gain access into schools via advanced and ultramodern classroom projects. These projects are established to fundamentally resolve the problems that have afflicted schools for years. American Modular Systems (AMS) is a construction company with the objective of taking the construction of classrooms to the 21st century. And AMS is in control over the responsibilities of eliminating not only the general structural problems like poor sound quality, inadequate lighting, but also maintenance problems that can cause air quality-related health defects. All these problems can lead to missed learning opportunities for children. With its Gen7 line of classrooms, AMS is at work to make these problems be better solved.

Gen7 classrooms are structured from the bottom up to eliminate general structural issues using technologies which are sustainable like highly effective mechanical system and mechanized LED lighting. They join these with an ultramodern design that surpasses the California Energy Code with over 40 percent. What's more, Gen7 advances further by making the structures set to work with a solar system in order to provide the school with renewable energy. These systems help save up money which are previously spent on electricity. Now schools can use the money for other important things like programs that offer more educational value to the pupils.

Gen7 Classroom - A Solar-technology-equipped Classroom

“Gen7 is structured to generate and preserve energy — also lecture the students on the importance of both,” stated by Tony Sarich, co-founder of American Modular Systems, and founder of Gen7 schools. “This classroom is regarded as a 21st century classroom that meets up with the requirements of the 21st century.”

While most schools in California have renewable energy in their long-term budget, it’s not really included in their short-term budget. For this issue, Gen7 has made the building design cover and fit for future purposes using canopies and roof patterns specifically designed for photovoltaic panels which makes it even more inexpensive to carry out solar technology to add a solar power system, if there aren't enough resources when the building is being constructed. Making use of plug and play Enphase micro-inverters make installations for both residential and commercial solar system very easy. Gen7 classrooms usually come with photovoltaic panels already set, supplying power for the schools the same day they’re deployed. The photovoltaic system of Gen7 can generate over 15% electrical energy than what the classrooms use up, enabling school to turn into Zero Net Energy (ZNE), entirely making up for their yearly electrical requirements.

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Furthermore, the Gen7 classrooms support in teaching children to be outstanding by preserving natural resources, creating energy and observing energy usage - taking these as part of their daily life measures. Making use of the Enphase Enlighten Manager, children can currently monitor their energy usage to learn how an Enphase system can enhance the production and consumption of energy to meet up with their school energy objectives. This enables students to understand - they can be outstanding, while assisting their school to eliminate the increase in energy costs.

Within four years, Brentwood School’s LEED Gold classrooms have produced 81.7MW of electricity — sufficient to provide five football stadiums with power for a day — including carbon offset of about 56.4 tons which is equal to 5 acres of trees. Saving and recycling the environment has become easier for students, and they can understand how easy technology can assist to create a future that they can happily live in. Engaging the students with discussions concerning carbon paths and energy can really mean something because of this kind of solar technology. The objective of Gen7 classrooms, Sarich stated, is to create a renewable power technology economical for every school. The effect is extremely high. We address the pupils to respect our natural resources and utilize them sensibly, and they convey this task further into the future.

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The assignment of Gen7’s is a significant step forward in improving educational environment, teaching pupils about solar and enabling schools to have access to solar technology — all of which can improve more implementation of renewable power technologies in every stage of education. comment↓


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