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.
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.
- Advanced Career Education Center (ACE) at Highland Springs (Henrico County, VA)
- Dinwiddie High School (Dinwiddie County, VA)
- Great Bridge Middle School (Chesapeake City, VA)
- Louisa Middle School (Louisa County, VA)
- New Horizons Regional Education Centers (Hampton, VA)
- Quioccasin Middle School (Henrico County, VA)
- Riverside High School (Loudoun County, VA)
- Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Career Tech Academy (Halifax County, VA)
- Spratley Gifted Center/ Hampton City Schools (Hampton, VA)
- C.S. Brown High School STEM (Hertford County, NC)
- Bowen’s Corner Elementary School (Berkeley County, SC)
- Dent Middle School (Richland County, SC)
- Eau Claire High School (Richland County, SC)
- Gilbert High School (Lexington County, SC)
- Irmo High School (Lexington County, SC)
- Port Royal Sound Foundation (Beaufort County, SC)
- Grundy High School (Buchanan County – Grundy, VA)
- Ridgeview High School (Dickenson County – Clintwood, VA)
- Lee County Career & Tech Center (Lee County – Ben Hur, VA)
- Norton Elementary and Middle School (Norton City – Norton, VA)
- Honaker Elementary School (Russell County – Honaker, VA)
- Twin Springs High School (Scott County – Nickelsville, VA)
- Tazewell High School (Tazewell County – Tazewell, VA)
- Union Primary School (Wise County – Big Stone Gap, VA)
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 (.pdf) (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 some of Dominion’s 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