Solar Cars to Promote Energy Awareness

Students Build Solar Cars to Promote Energy Awareness
Posted on 10/16/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Students Build Solar Cars to Promote Energy AwarenessBrazosport Independent School District and Schneider Electric partnered for an Energy Awareness celebration held at S.F. Austin STEM Academy this fall. The goal of the event was to discuss renewable and nonrenewable types of energy and inspire students to use energy in a sustainable way.  During the event, all 6th grade students experimented with solar panel energy, which is one of the most popular renewable energy sources, and how it can power a race car.

BISD entered a partnership with Schneider Electric eight years ago to make improvements such as replacing the building automation systems, installing energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors, modifying water fixtures, adding a water well irrigation system, and upgrading mechanical equipment and controls.  The improvements made have generated over $3.2 million in energy savings over the life of the project. Additionally, the project reduced the utility budget by saving more than $588,000 in annual energy costs. The project has also delivered a sizable environmental impact by providing energy efficiency savings equivalent to removing 5,505 cars from the road, planting 30,280 acres of new trees or removing 25,708 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Rebecca Kelley, BISD Chief Financial Officer explained that not only was it an engaging way for our students to learn about energy sources but it was a great opportunity for us to encourage and review how they use energy in their school.  Remembering to turn off classroom lights and computers when they are not in use are some ways students can participate in helping their school use energy in a sustainable way.

Over the past 26 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented more than 700 ESPC projects across the nation, saving its clients nearly $1.8 billion. This project delivery method helps publicly funded entities make capital improvements and offers many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management and environmental protection. For more information on how Schneider Electric helps K-12 schools tackle energy efficiency, please visit

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