May 26, 2018, [Piney Woods, MS] – The Piney Woods School will install new solar panels thanks to a donation from Tesla to support the school’s #Panels4Piney campaign. Through #Panels4Piney, the students of Piney Woods are working to transition 8-10% of the school’s energy to renewable sources, savings that will be reinvested back into
In March, Panels4Piney launched with a goal of raising $150,000 to install 100 kilowatts worth of solar panels on campus ahead of its 110 year anniversary in 2019. Solar panels from Tesla will help students toward achieving this goal, but they still need
to fundraise for the full installation.
Students aim to raise an additional $110,000 to install these solar panels, which will
cover 8-10% of the school’s energy use. Savings from this installation will allow the
school to invest in infrastructure and student scholarships as part of a larger effort to
comprehensively enter the 21st century. Additionally, Tesla’s solar panels will help
support the school’s renewable energy goals.
In 2017, The Piney Woods School was selected to compete in U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition
that aims to expand solar electricity access across the country, receiving a $50,000 seed
grant to kickstart the project from the Department of Energy.
To learn more about the fundraiser and to help these students succeed, you can go to
About The Piney Woods School
Founded in 1909 by the first African American graduate of what would become the
University of Iowa, Dr. Laurence C. Jones, to educate the children of former slaves, the
School was a response to the need for a safe place for African Americans to learn and
serve as a cultural and academic haven.
Today they welcome students from around the United States, as well as outside the country with students from the Caribbean and Ethiopia. They serve a predominantly lower to middle-income student body with the majority of their students on scholarship,and have a 98% rate of graduating seniors going on to college.
About the Solar in Your Community Challenge
The Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative is a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar access to
low and moderate income households; and state, local, and tribal governments; and
More information about the selected teams and the Solar in Your Community Challenge
is at www.solarinyourcommunity.org.
About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the
cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a
low-cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts
in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.