Austin students get tutored in solar energy


On a recent Saturday at Austin High School, class was held on the roof.

On Dec. 15, Environment Texas Research & Policy Center hosted a solar school tour event at Austin High for Austin Independent School District (AISD) students of all ages to learn about solar energy. Event attendees toured the school’s rooftop solar installation of more than 200 solar panels, asked Performance Contracting Inc.'s commercial solar developer about solar energy potential, and even baked cookies in solar ovens.

“Over the last decade, AISD has taken the lead in solar,” said Environment Texas Research & Policy Center Associate Emma Pabst told ABC’s KVUE. “Austin High School is one of the largest solar installations the district has, and every year it helps the district save thousands of dollars in energy costs.”

Currently, AISD has solar panels in eight different schools and 35 other schools have outdoor solar classrooms.

Photo: Environment Texas' Go Solar banner Credit: KVUE-TV