Taylor High School (THS) in Texas hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the installation of the school's new renewable energy system, which consists of a 33 kW solar array and a 1 kW wind turbine, with an integrated computer monitoring system.
Executives from IEEE, the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Heliovolt and Taylor High School Duck University participated in the proceedings.
The project was initiated as a result of the school's Beginners Learning Alternative Designs for Energy (BLADE) Club winning first place in last year's IEEE High School Photovoltaic Design Competition. Leveraging its prize money awarded by IEEE and Heliovolt, BLADE was able to secure $120,000 of funding from the State of Texas for this renewable energy project.
‘The installation of the school's new renewable energy system and today's ribbon-cutting ceremony represent an exciting time at Taylor High School,’ said Danny Ward, THS principal. ‘In addition to offsetting the school's energy costs, the new system provides students the opportunity to learn about renewable energy from an active system."