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NEED and Dominion Energy, Inc.


Dominion Energy Solar for Schools


For many years, NEED and Dominion Energy, Inc. have worked together to bring STEM-focused teacher training and energy curriculum to schools throughout Dominion Energy’s multi-state service area. In 2015, NEED received a Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation grant to support the installation of solar systems on four schools in the Dominion Energy Virginia Power service area. 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