Let the sunshine: solar for our schools | Letters

To the San Juan Islands Community:

Thanks to support from islanders, we have raised over $120,000 in community contributions and grants, and are well on our way to meeting our goal of $200,000.

By spring of next year, most students in the islands will have hands on learning opportunities in creating renewable energy. This is our future.

In addition to generating solar power for the schools, the Community Solar for Our Schools project will also immerse our students in renewable energy education. The educational value of this project is perhaps even greater than the panels themselves.

Consider the impact of creating inspired island students who will know that solar is power. These students will expect that renewable energy technology will be a part of our community energy independency solutions. They are our future.

If you have already contributed to this project, your support is much appreciated. If you haven’t, but would like to, there is still time.

This is truly a community project and we cannot do it without you. You can make a tax deductible donation or you can purchase solar units and receive an annual production incentive credit, anticipated to pay back your contribution in full over 10 years.

To donate or sign up go to our website at: http://sanjuanislandscd.org or call us at 378-6621.

Consider the difference your support can make, here locally for our schools and our students. Imagine a renewable bright future on our islands.

This project is a partnership with the San Juan Islands Conservation District, OPALCO, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and the local school districts.

Linda Lyshall/manager of SJ Islands Conservation District