Daniels Middle School wins solar panels through SunSense Program

Daniels Middle School is one of five winning schools that will receive a 2-kilowatt solar PV demonstration system, valued at more than $20,000, as part of a partnership between Progress Energy Carolinas and the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

The Progress Energy SunSense schools program is a hands-on educational program for middle school and high school students that encourages them to develop innovative energy solutions. The solar demonstration array will be connected to the school’s electrical system and to Internet monitoring equipment, so students can view the panels’ real-time electricity production. Educational materials will also be provided to teachers to help the school integrate renewable energy learning opportunities into the classroom.

“Daniels Middle School is excited about the opportunity to partner with Progress Energy’s SunSense schools program,” said Elizabeth Battle, principal of Daniels Middle School. “Students have already begun solar debates and inquiry-based experiments that will inspire our students to be future innovators by using applied math and science.”

The winners were chosen from nearly 30 schools that applied to be a part of the program. Finalist schools participated in a professional solar site evaluation and completed an energy project that was judged in regional competitions in December.

“We are proud to partner with the Carolina Hurricanes to provide Daniels Middle School with this unique, powerful tool for learning about the practical applications of solar energy,” said Lloyd Yates, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy Carolinas. “The enthusiasm for energy education from teachers and students is encouraging for the future of alternative energy and we thank everyone for participating in this program.”

Funding for the program was provided through grants from the Progress Energy Foundation and the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation, which is affiliated with the National Hockey League team. The systems will be installed by Argand Solar, a North Carolina-based renewable energy company.

“The Carolina Hurricanes and the Kids ‘N Community Foundation understand the importance of advancements in renewable energy resources and we were excited to partner with Progress Energy on the SunSense schools program,” said Doug Warf, executive director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. “Our initial excitement was definitely warranted as we were impressed by all of schools who applied.”

Additional information on the Progress Energy SunSense schools program is available at www.progress-energy.com/sunsense.