Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation have partnered with The National Energy Development Project (NEED)
for over 3 decades to offer energy education curriculum and training to teachers and students.
Featured below are the Dominion Energy Wind for Students and Dominion Energy Solar for Students Programs:
Dominion Energy Wind for Students
This curriculum was developed by The NEED Project in partnership with The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation for teachers in Virginia. The activities and information introduce students to wind, wind generation, and offshore wind technologies, as well as the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project. However, the activities and information are great for students all over the country and beyond.
Click the links below to download free Teacher and Student guides from our online shop. Visit our graphics library for Offshore Wind related graphics and diagrams.
In 2015, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and NEED partnered to bring Virginia schools, museums, and educational institutions the Dominion Energy Solar for Students program that installs photovoltaic installations and provides hands-on solar kits and teacher workshops. Over the last several years 34 schools and educational institutions across Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have received solar installations.
As the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project advances, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and NEED are working together to bring curriculum, teacher training and hands-on kits to Virginia’s schools. In 2022, New Horizons Regional Education Centers (Newport News, VA) and Ocean View Elementary (Norfolk, VA) were selected to receive a micro-wind turbine installation that also includes solar and storage. Installation is planned for 2023.
The installation will be an ARIS Remote Power Unit (RPU) similar to the ones pictured below:
Dominion Energy Wind for Students Program provides:
- An ARIS RPU described as “A renewable off-grid lighting solution with the power, efficiency & reliability to work in a wide range of environments & remote locations. The off-grid RPU is the natural choice for providing reliable, independent lighting on roadways, walkways, parking lots and recreation areas.”
- Renewable and storage technology included:
- Wind Power
- Rated power output 300w
- Rated wind speed 9 m/s (20 mph)
- Cut in wind speed 2 m/s (4.5 mph)
- Height of tower: Approximately 30 feet
- Solar Power
- 1 or 2 mono or polycrystalline panel
- 250w per panel
- (2) 12v batteries for 24v storage
- Capacity: 150/200/230 amp hour
- Wind Power
- An online monitoring tool, to provide real-time data on the system’s activity and the amount of electricity generated.
- An online data display to show teachers, students, parents, and school visitors the output of the system.
- Wind Energy training for classroom teachers and personnel at the school or institution.
- Standards of Learning, State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned wind curriculum and hands-on kits that will teach students how wind energy works and how energy, the environment and economics are all part of energy decision making.
- A Celebration to cut the ribbon and showcase the institution’s new installation for the local community.
- Connections to other Wind for Students program participants to share data, partner on projects and expand learning.
For more info on the ARIS system.
- K-12 public schools or educational non-profit institutions served by Dominion Energy Virginia with STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) programming in following Virginia localities: Virginia Beach, Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Gloucester, Poquoson, York County, James City County, Williamsburg, and Surry County.
- Schools and institutions that have full support from their board and leadership for both the installation of the micro-wind turbine installation, as well as curriculum and teacher training. For schools this includes school board, superintendent and school administration.
- Teaching staff who are committed to teaching students about the value of wind energy and exploring energy in class, monitoring the data from the installation, and integrating a deeper understanding of energy into the institution.
- Please note: To be selected to receive a micro-wind turbine installation, an applicant’s site must be evaluated for technical feasibility. Before final selection decisions are made, site visits will take place to evaluate technical feasibility including space of installation area, access to wind resources, soil type, safety, and security.
Please Note: It is important to have the support and approval from the entire school or institution team, so before submitting the application, please share this information with relevant teams at your school or institution, such as your principal and facilities team.
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Dominion Energy Solar for Students
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. NEED is proud to partner with NCi, of Richmond, Virginia, for installation of these photovoltaic systems.
Dominion Energy Solar for Students Program provides:
- 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 or educational non-profit organizations with STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) programming in the regions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia where Dominion Energy provides electric service.
- 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.
Solar for Students Schools by Year
Click the links to view live solar data being collected by the schools solar array.
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)
Photos from Dominion Energy Programs
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) Energy in Virginia Guide (e-publication)
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