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NEED and Dominion Energy, Inc.


Dominion Energy Solar for Schools

Dominion Energy has partnered with The National Energy Development Project (NEED) for over 3 decades to offer energy education curriculum and training to teachers and students.  In 2015, Dominion Energy and NEED partnered to bring Virginia schools, museums and cultural institutions the Dominion Energy Solar for Students program that installed photovoltaic installations and provided hands-on solar kits and teacher workshops for four schools.  Over the last four years, an additional fourteen schools and cultural institutions have received photovoltaic systems, teacher training and solar curriculum.    

Dominion Energy and NEED are currently accepting applications to the Dominion Energy Solar for Students Program from K-12 public schools and STEM related or educational nonprofit organizations in Virginia to provide:
  • 1.2 kilowatt photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into electric power, often referred to as “solar on a stick”
  • An online monitoring tool, to provide real-time data on the system’s activity and the amount of electricity generated
  • A online data display to show teachers, students, parents, and school visitors the output of the system
  • Solar Energy training for classroom teachers and school personnel
  • Virginia SOL focused solar curriculum and hands-on kits that will teach students how solar works and how energy, the environment and economics are all part of energy decision making. 
  • A Solarbration to cut the ribbon and showcase the school’s new installation to the local community
  • Connections to other Solar for Students program participants to share data, partner on projects and expand learning
  • K-12 public schools and STEM related or educational nonprofit organizations in Virginia.
  • Schools that have full support of school board, superintendent and school administration for both the installation of the photovoltaic system, as well as curriculum and teacher training.
  • Teaching staff who are committed to teaching students about the value of solar energy and exploring energy in class, monitoring the data from the installation, and integrating a deeper understanding of energy into the school.
  • The school site will be surveyed for eligibility including space of installation area, access to full sunlight, access to electrical interconnection in the school building, safety and security.
2019 Solar for Students Online Application 
Application Details (PDF)

These four schools received a Spotlight Solar system installed by the great team at Sigora Solar.  Click on the links below to view solar data for the schools:
Goochland High School (Goochland)
T. Clay Wood Elementary School (Prince William County)
Landstown High School (Virginia Beach)
Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School (Augusta County)

In 2017, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and The NEED Project selected six (6) schools and museums in the Dominion Energy, Inc. service area to receive a solar installation, teacher training, and classroom curriculum. For more information, view the Dominion Energy Charitable FoundationMedia Release.

Schools Selected in 2017 included:  (Click on the links to view solar data for the schools.)
Deer Park Elementary (Newport News)
Charlottesville Area Technology Center  (Charlottesville)
Children's Museum of Richmond  (Richmond)
Hampton High School  (Hampton)
Kenmore Middle School  (Arlington)
MathScience Innovation Center (Mechanicsville)

In 2018, The Dominion Energy Solar for Students program moves to Southwest Virginia with installations on the following schools:
Buchanan County Public Schools - Grundy High School
Dickenson County Public Schools - Ridgeview High School
Lee County Public Schools - Lee County Career & Tech Center
Norton City Public Schools - John I. Burton High School
Russell County Public Schools - Honaker Elementary School
Scott County Public Schools - Twin Springs High School
Tazewell County Public Schools - Tazewell High School
Wise County Public Schools - Union Elementary School
Using the NEED Schools Going Solar Curriculum and the entire suite of NEED solar kits, teachers and students learn about solar energy for heating, lighting, and electricity generation. 

NEED Solar Curriculum
The Sun and Its Energy (e-publication)
Wonders of the Sun Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Wonders of the Sun Student Guide (e-publication)
Energy From the Sun Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Energy From the Sun Student Guide (e-publication)
Exploring Photovoltaics Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Exploring Photovoltaics Student Guide (e-publication)
Schools Going Solar (e-publication)

Energy in Virginia Curriculum, Kits, and Map


In 2016, NEED received a grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to create the Energy in Virginia curriculum and map for sixth grade students across the Commonwealth. This unit, designed in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education brings a deeper look at energy into the science classroom. Participating teachers received an Energy in Virginia kit, curriculum and training at one of three regional workshops.

Energy in Virginia – 6th Grade Curriculum Module
Energy In Virginia Guide (pdf) (e-pub)
Virginia Energy Map
Cool Coal and Nifty Natural Gas Story Props
Virginia Energy Round Up Posters
EIA Virginia Energy Data
Dominion Energy Power Facilities 
Virginia Energy Bingo
VA Dominion Workshop PowerPoint
Virginia Energy SOL Strands and Concepts