The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation came about in December of 1999. It was just an independent foundation with an endowment of $225 million that was provided by Commonwealth Edison. Their goal is to improve all energy efficiency and advance the development and use of renewable energy resources. Also, they want to protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in the communities all across Illinois.
Therefore, they started a program called K-12 Solar Schools. This program turns school buildings into hands-on science experiments, helping teachers instruct students about science, math, technology, and the environment.
The grants support the installation of 1 kilowatt photovoltaic systems throughout Illinois at institutions serving grades K-12. Each system may be pretty small, but the students are gaining hands-on experience on how sunlight is converted into electricity.
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