Education is the main thrust of the School Power…Naturally program. Sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, this innovative program seeks to give teachers and students the materials to become more informed about solar and wind power solutions as alternative energy resources, especially for New Yorkers.
School Power…Naturally is a $2.1 million program is one component of the larger NYSERDA’s New York Energy $mart Schools Program. Fifty schools were chosen through a competition in 2003 to receive a data collection system for solar energy worth about $24,000. The school in turn contributed $1,500 to the cost. But every school in New York can be included in the School Power…Naturally program. All they need to do is use the educational materials and the data, which is available on the website to anyone who is interested.