13,000 solar panels to be installed across 10 Richmond schools

13,000 solar panels installed across 10 Richmond public schools

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Greater Richmond Solar Tour will take place as part of the National Solar Tour.

The tour, held between Oct. 5-6, is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. The event features energy-efficient and solar-powered buildings in eight locations throughout Richmond.

RPS and ‘Secure Futures Solar’ gathered at Linwood Holton Elementary and Lucille Brown Middle to help spread the word about the benefits of solar energy.

RPS is in the process of installing solar panels at 10 of its schools this year.

RPS sustainability associate Wendy Fewster says it’s a great opportunity to teach kids about the opportunities green energy provides not only in helping the planet but possible careers.

“Sustainable type jobs, solar energy industry jobs, those are some of the fastest-growing job industries so a lot of our students might want to enter into those fields," said Fewster. "And it’s not just people on the roofs putting the panels on. There are engineers that work behind the scenes, there’s electricians, lawyers, there’s accountants.”

The panels are estimated to save the school district $2 million over the next 20 years.

Highlights of this year’s tour include new solar installations at multiple Richmond Public Schools, local business Ellwood Thompson and the University of Richmond.

The public is encouraged to stop by any of the local featured tour locations to tour their solar installations and other unique efficient features.

Tour locations can be found HERE.

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