Wisconsin K-12 Schools with Renewable Energy Systems

The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) wants to promote communication among schools with renewable energy systems and those interested in pursuing their own projects, as well as to help connect Wisconsin schools interested in using renewable energy projects and generation data in the K-12 classroom.

Through the inventory, we hope to increase understanding of the extent to which renewable energy is present in Wisconsin K-12 schools and to facilitate decisions about the future of renewable energy practices in schools.

KEEP Prepares for Map Updates

Beginning in August 2019, we are preparing for a map update by working with partners from across the State to gather the most up-to-date information about renewable energy use within Wisconsin's K-12 schools. An updated map is expected by late Spring 2020.

From 2009-2011, with funding from Focus on Energy, KEEP conducted its initial survey of every school district in Wisconsin to learn which schools have renewable energy systems installed on their buildings, the types of systems (including biomass, geothermal, solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and wind), and if possible number and size.

 Map Your School's Renewable Energy Project

Share your district's clean energy commitment. Add your K-12 school building's renewable energy systems to the map by completing this form.


Inventory Results & Project Locations

As of March 2016, 174 schools scattered across Wisconsin reported renewable energy systems installed on their buildings, with 14 percent reporting more than one type of system. Most of the schools (145) reported a solar energy system (whether solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal or both).

Summary of Results

Photovoltaic (PV) - 131 schools
Solar Thermal - 24 schools
Geothermal - 31 schools
Biomass - 11 schools
Wind  - 5 schools
Download the list of K-12 schools (PDF) here (last updated March 2016).

Resources for K-12 Schools

Two Wisconsin electric utility providers offer funding and curricula for solar energy systems for K-12 schools in their service territories, Madison Gas and Electric and Wisconsin Public Service.

Solar on Schools provides a range of free resources to Wisconsin K-12 schools interested in pursuing a solar PV system.

The Solar Schools Campaign Toolkit will provide you with step-by-step guidance on how to advocate for solar at your schools.

The Wind for Schools project helps develop a future wind energy workforce through small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools.

We welcome comments about and updates to our inventory. Please contact KEEP@uwsp.edu or 715.346.4770.

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