“HBR Turning Greener even in the Winter”
Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School is pleased to announce the
completion of their solar panel expansion project. The Middle School
added 1 kW to its existing 1kw system totaling a potential electrical
output of 2 kW. The solar panels were installed next to the existing
solar panel system, which is on the roof outside the science lab.
The electricity is feed into the grid and used by the school. The
data from the solar panels is collected and displayed on our school
website (hbr429.org). The data is used by students in the 8th
grade curriculum as part of an energy unit. Students compare the data
from the school’s wind turbine, which was installed last year. The
purpose of adding the solar panels was to match the electrical output of
the wind turbine (2.4 kW). Now students can compare apples with apples
and draw better conclusions in comparing wind vs. solar as we explore
alternative energy solutions.
The project was made possible through fundraising through “Lights
for Learning” and the cooperation from Home Depot of Yorkville. “Lights
for Learning” is a fundraiser where students learn about and sell CFL
and LED light bulbs. The panels where purchased with the help of Home
Depot and installed by J and K Construction from Yorkville.
HBR Middle School is one of only a handful of schools in Illinois that have both solar and wind energy.