MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Hello and welcome to the Solar Star Foundation! We welcome you to join the fight for a cleaner and brighter future. We started out as a small club, but we have now grown and branched out to more than 20 schools in hopes of promoting cleaner, more reliable sources of energy.
Although many people might choose to ignore the state that our environment is in, we hope that through our efforts we can get more people to listen. We all need to do our own part in this monumental task. While we have done much so far, I hope to continue the progress and advance toward a brighter, cleaner future.
We all should do whatever we can to help. Every little bit counts, no matter how small. Our mission is to spread not only clean energy but awareness, and we at the Solar Star Foundation will do our very best to achieve these goals and integrate more sustainable energy into schools.
If you are interested in helping or would like to make a contribution please contact us.
Mail: Solar Star Foundation
P.O. Box 155, West Dundee, IL 60118
We appreciate your continuous support. Thank you.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Solar Star Foundation launched its Small-Scale Solar PV Program for K-12 Schools in 2010 to introduce the energy future to today's students. The program provides grants up to $1000 towards the cost of installing a new 1kW photovoltaic (PV) system to convert sunlight into electric power. Although small, each system will become part of the school's curriculum as well as generate free electricity. To enhance the educational value of the system, online monitoring to provide real-time data on the amount of electricity generated is included as part of the grant. Students see first-hand on a daily basis how sunlight is converted into electricity.
PROGRAM SELECTION AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements including:
be a school or other educational organization such as a children's museum or nature center that provides
continuous educational services to K-12 students;
have a suitable site for proper PV system installation and operation;
hold a "Solarbration" and make a commitment to teach about solar energy in the classroom beginning with
the school year;
commit to educate the community about the benefits of solar energy; and
agree to implement online monitoring of PV system performance via www.solarstarfoundation.org
HOW IS THE SIZE OF THE GRANT DETERMINED?
Solar Star Foundation will donate 1KW solar Panels to school (School needs to pay for the transportation cost), or provide grant to cover up to 10% of reasonable system installation cost based on the prevailing market rates up to $1000.
WHEN WILL GRANTS BE PAID
Each grant will be paid after the installation is completed and operational, and the work has been accepted by the grant recipient as satisfactory. Acceptance will be documented through submission of a brief final report on the project. The exact amount of the grant payment will be based on the actual cost of the system installed as described above.