SALT LAKE CITY — Davis schools will benefit from a statewide energy education initiative funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The fund, which came through the U.S. Department of Energy, includes the installation of 73 solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays at schools, with at least one array in each of the state’s 41 school districts.
When completed, it is expected that the arrays will remove more than 8,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over 20 years, according to material provided through the state, an amount “equivalent to the carbon offset that would be generated by planting 11,000 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.”
Duane Singleton, administrator of technology services for Davis School District, said the clusters will be placed at Hill Field and South Weber elementary schools.
Besides the installations, the grant will finance teacher-training programs which include hands-on demonstrations appropriate for teaching all grade levels.
Information on solar, wind and geothermal technologies will be included in the training and integrated with science, technology, social studies.