The Piney Woods School has officially tapped into twenty-first century technology with the installation of a solar panel field. With this important milestone, Piney Woods is leading the way in Mississippi on clean energy technology and education about this powerful renewable energy source.
The solar field was installed by Solar Alternatives of New Orleans. During the installation process, a solar-powered truck provided all the power for the company's electrical needs. A solar vehicle charger was also set up and is located near the front gate behind Security.
In 2017, The Piney Woods School was selected to compete in the 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. Piney Woods received a $50,000 seed grant to kickstart the project. Students then launched a GoFundMe page, "Panels4Piney," with the goal of raising $150,000 to install 100 kilowatts worth of solar panels on campus ahead of its 110th year anniversary this year. As a result, Tesla, Inc. donated 350 solar panels to the school. The panels will cover 10-12% of the school’s annual energy use, savings that will benefit students by allowing the school to invest in infrastructure, other innovative programming, and student scholarships. Utilizing solar power is part of a larger effort to support the school’s renewable energy goals.
With the adoption of innovative 21st century technology, The Piney Woods School is charging ahead!