School receives award for solar module

Southwest Junior High School has received accolades from the state for its solar module on the roof that allows students to study the renewable energy source.

The 1.2-kilowatt solar module on the main entrance to the school generates energy. It also is attached to a database that allows classes to study how much energy the solar power offsets, said Trish Bransky, principal at Southwest, 2511 Inverness Drive.

Through Solar 4 R Schools, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation mostly financed the project. The school also secured a $7,000 grant through the Douglas County Community Foundation’s Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund to cover half of the installation costs.

The school had a ribbon-cutting earlier this week after it received the Governor’s Energy Recognition Award in Renewable Energy at the 2007 Kansas Renewable Energy Conference in Topeka in September.