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Empowering Schools with Solar Energy: NRDC’s First Crowd-Funded Campaign

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City  Around this time last year, the Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District in Fresno County, California, was able to reinstate the music program it had lost three years earlier. The district’s 2,300 kids got their music back, not because of a wildly successful candy sale, but because of a savvy investment in solar power that will save the district about $900,000 in its first five years, and a total of $9 million over 25 years. Enough to hire a music teacher, and more. Thanks to plummeting solar prices, high electric costs, and public policies that promote clean energy, solar is creating powerful new opportunities for cash-strapped schools, freeing funds for music, art, and… Read More