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Dominion Energy has partnered with The National Energy Development Project (NEED) for over 3 decades to offer energy education curriculum and training to teachers and students. 

In 2015, Dominion Energy and NEED partnered to bring Virginia schools, museums and cultural institutions the Dominion Energy Solar for Students program that installed photovoltaic installations and provided hands-on solar kits and teacher workshops for four schools. Over the last four years, an additional fourteen schools and cultural institutions have received photovoltaic systems, teacher training and solar curriculum.    

Dominion Energy and NEED are currently accepting applications from K-12 public schools and STEM related or educational nonprofit organizations in Virginia to provide:
  • 1.2 kilowatt photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into electric power, often referred to as “solar on a stick”.
  • An online monitoring tool, to provide real-time data on the system’s activity and the amount of electricity generated.
  • A online data display to show teachers, students, parents, and school visitors the output of the system.
  • Solar Energy training for classroom teachers and school personnel.
  • Virginia SOL focused solar curriculum and hands-on kits that will teach students how solar works and how energy, the environment and economics are all part of energy decision making. 
  • A Solarbration to cut the ribbon and showcase the school’s new installation to the local community.
  • Connections to other Solar for Students program participants to share data, partner on projects and expand learning.