Just 17 miles west of the state’s largest coal-fired power plant, a solar array at the local high school is having an unconventional impact.
A new program led by organizers in Indiana offers solar installation and energy efficiency training in marginalized communities.
The state jumped up 12 spots and into the top 10 nationally for solar capacity installed among K-12 schools.
“When technologies don’t align with people’s needs, people don’t use them,” says Virginia Tech assistant professor Philip Agee.
One participant, the University of Minnesota at Morris, already uses 100% renewable electricity, but is now looking for options to eliminate its natural gas heating systems.