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Report: One School's Solar Project Fuels a Movement

In this 2008 report, the nonprofit KyotoUSA makes the case that installing photovoltaic systems on public schools is both beneficial and affordable using the model of its HELiOS (Helios Energy Lights Our Schools) Project. HELiOS is described through the example of Washington Elementary School in Berkeley, California.

The report explores the economic, environmental, and health benefits of Washington's PV system, and analyzes the use of a local carbon offset program--called a Community Climate Fund--to provide "gap financing" for the PV installation (see page 57 of pdf).

A separate document provides an overview of all HELiOS funding sources, including tax-exempt municipal leases, power purchase agreements, and clean renewable energy bonds.

>> Read the Report

>> Read the Overview of Financing

>> Visit the KyotoUSA website