Minneapolis High School Goes Green, Installs Solar Panels

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Edison High School in Minneapolis is going green.

On Thursday, the school showed off new solar panels that now sit on top of the gym. It’s all part of an EcoAd program supported by Boston Scientific and EcoMedia.

The project not only promotes new types of energy, but also teaches the students some pretty important lessons.

“The students are today learning about solar energy,” said Paul Polizzotta, president and CEO of EcoMedia. “In fact, they’re making their own solar panels and they also have a software program that connects to the solar installation on the roof, and they see the solar production during the course of the day, throughout the course of the season. And I think what these young people learn is the power of the sun.”

The solar panels will reduce Edison’s energy costs and are expected to reduce the amount of CO2 they produce by about 3,000 pounds.

EcoMedia is a sister company of WCCO-TV. This EcoMedia project was sponsored by Boston Scientific.

  • Dave Seavy

    This is good news. Sooner or later we have to rely on renewable energy, and I can’t think of a better way to promote it than to start with schools. Get young students in the habit of conservation; using less energy and finding alternatives to fossel fuel-driven products. To the students: You’re the future. It’s your planet also, and in not too many years, you’ll be responsible for what happens to it during your lifetime. Learn all you can now, so that you can leave a positive footprint for your children and their children. Hats off to the district for this move.

  • Jake

    Wait…..I thought that even though the Mpls school district was spending MORE on EVERY PUPIL than ANY OTHER DISTRICT in the STATE, and had the HIGHEST DROPOUT RATES of ANY OTHER DISTRICT IN THE STATE, and how they were complaining constantly about the lack of STATE FUNDING, HOW were they able to JUSTIFY this ‘alternative’ expense?? Does this mean that kids won’t have pencils and paper for school? And some of you wonder WHY I don’t contribute to a ‘school’ fund when asked to by my employer. Hint: no such things even existed when I was in school, and NO, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.

    • swmnguy

      Umm…Boston Scientific paid for the panels. It’s in the second paragraph of the story. The school didn’t pay for the panels out of the pencil and paper fund.

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