Solar Powered Waldorf
Annual Giving / Solar-Funding Campaign.
Spring is coming and as the days get longer, what could be a better way to embrace the sunshine than to install solar panels at Whatcom Hills Waldorf School? To that end, we are launching the Annual Giving / Solar-Funding Campaign.
Our goal is to raise $70,000 over the next two months.
This will allow us to reach our annual giving goals and to install solar panels on the roof of the main building. Remember we are a non-profit school so your donation is tax deductible.
We hope to install 8kW of solar electricity on the roof of the main building this Spring- That’s 30 solar panels. These panels will generate 8000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. Our solar panel-derived electricity will displace around 10,000 pounds of CO2 per year for the 20-30 year life of the system!
All of the electricity we generate will be free forever, saving us almost $1,000 per year, with savings increasing as electricity prices increase in the coming years. In addition, Puget Sound Energy pays us $.54 for each kilowatt-hour generated. Based on estimates of sunshine in our area and irradiance measurements taken from our roof, this will amount to more than $4,000 yearly as a rebate until 2020.
The solar panels will not only decrease our electricity bills and create a source of revenue for our school, but they will also decrease our environmental impacts and will educate our children and our community about the economic and environmental benefits of clean and renewable energy. That makes the world a better place.
Installing solar at Whatcom Hills Waldorf School is good for the environment, good for the budget, and good for educating the future leaders of our planet.
The Sun Funders
Several generous souls have already pledged to contribute between $1,000 and $5,000 towards this project. We call these folks the “SunFunders” and they will be recognized by name, logo, company, or quote displayed on a piece of beautiful art that will be displayed outside the school upon installation of the project. We are currently looking for 5 to 10 more folks to join the “SunFunders” group and help make this project a reality by pledging support at the $1000-$5000 level.
Did You Know...
Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to create energy, they emit toxic gases that are the primary cause of pollution and global warming. Not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment, they are also a finite resource, and many are imported from other countries. Solar panels derive clean, pure energy from the sun. By installing solar, we are helping to combat greenhouse gas emissions and global warming and reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuel.