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American Solar Energy Society Expands National Solar Home Tour to Middle Schools with “Know Your Solar” Program

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a non-profit organization that advocates for sustainable living and renewable energy. ASES, founded in 1954, is unique in its ability to integrate the range of views from science, industry, policy and citizens across the country. With their National Solar Tour, ASES provides a free, coast-to-coast mix of in-person and virtual sites that build awareness and introduce communities to solar energy.

With a second grant from All Points North Foundation, ASES will expand the reach of the National Solar Home Tour by engaging middle schools in the “Know Your Solar” program. As part of the program, local ASES chapters will work to identify 10 solar-equipped middle schools, and teachers, administrators or departments within those schools, to host a local solar tour.

These chapters will also help schools with on-site coordination the day of the tour. ASES will build on its existing solar educational resources and create custom multigenerational “Know Your Solar” materials for teachers and administrators to use with their students, and with the community on the day of the tour. ASES chapters will also ask local solar installers, who equipped the schools with their solar systems, to present on the benefits of solar.

With the addition of middle schools to the Solar Home Tour, more young people will learn about the U.S. energy infrastructure and the benefits of solar. Offering solar educational resources that address the full array of solar provides an opportunity for students to ignite their interest and drive solar energy adoption.

ASES continues to accelerate equitable solar adoption and sustainable living through educational and awareness building activities. With the National Solar Tour and the expansion to include middle schools this year, that goal can become reality.

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All Points North Foundation provides grants for U.S.-based projects and initiatives that support our priorities: improving public middle school education and teacher training, and implementing effective solar programs and/or projects.

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