A Bright Idea!

Solar energy is a major renewable energy source with the potential to meet many of the challenges facing the world. There are many reasons to promote its share in the energy market. This power source is increasing in popularity because it is unlimited, versatile and beneficial for people and the environment.

Why Go Solar?

  • Solar is clean and safe, and can replace current fossil fuels such as coal and gas, which are known to produce air, water and land pollution.
  • Using solar energy prevents habitat destruction. Pristine forests are destroyed to mine raw materials such as fossil or nuclear fuels, so switching to solar power is important to maintain these habitats for the animals that live there, as well as keep the air clean.
  • Increasing solar power usage can combat climate change. Generating electric power accounts for approximately one-third of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions according to the EPA.

Thanks to a grant from the Arconic Foundation, Ijams added additional solar panels to the roof of the Visitor Center in March 2017. The new 7.8kW array brings the total energy output of the rooftop panels to 19.04kW. These panels will decrease energy consumption from traditional energy sources, save money and showcase how solar power can be used to protect and preserve the environment. The new panels are projected to save more than $2,700 annually.

Check out these fun student worksheets that highlight solar power!

If you are planning a visit to Ijams, download our Solar Power Scavenger Hunt or Clean Air Scavenger Hunt to explore conservation efforts at Ijams.

Learn more about how the Arconic Foundation enhances the community through innovation and education.