Wisconsin Public Service’s SolarWise for Schools program has been awarded the 2012 Best Green Power Education Outreach Program Award at an awards ceremony in Washington DC.
In its 16th year, more than 75% of the high schools located in the WPS service area participate in the program. It is the only one in the country that hosts a student competition, trains the teachers, and provides a a functioning photovoltaic system and a complete curriculum.
Michael Moore, SolarWise Program Manager says in addition to the excitement of receiving the award is “the impact we’ve had on the thousands of students and their teachers that now have practical knowledge and hands-on experience producing electrical energy from the sun.”
Merrill, Antigo, Rhinelander and the Wausau schools all participate in the program. Tomahawk has been a member since 2003 and Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua is a newcomer this year. As part of Lakeland’s joining they will have a dedication ceremony today, followed by a renewable energy fair for students.
The national CRS award recognizes effective and unique outreach programs that focus on education related to green power. CRS gives out four annual Green Power Leadership Awards.
Currently, about 2,700 WPS electric customers contribute voluntarily to the Foundation to partially fund the program.