How a major power provider teaches schools energy efficiency

Schools are building solar pavilions that will function as outdoor demonstration classrooms.
By: | May 19, 2021
Rendering of a TVA solar pavilion that serves as an outdoor classroom. (Tennessee Valley Authority)Rendering of a TVA solar pavilion that serves as an outdoor classroom. (Tennessee Valley Authority)

The major power utility, Tennessee Valley Authority, has launched a $7 million initiative to train school personnel in energy efficiency strategies.

Over the next three years, the TVA’s School Uplift project should help public school officials in seven states realize energy savings that can be redirected to classroom instruction, the utility company ays.

“Every dollar invested in our schools helps districts allocate resources to where it matters most—educating our children,” said Cindy Herron, vice president of TVA’s EnergyRight program. “Helping schools save money on their energy costs and improve learning environments is an important investment in the valley’s future.”

Eleven schools participated in the pilot program, earning energy upgrade grants worth $400,000 to upgrade buildings and build solar pavilions that will function as outdoor demonstration classrooms.


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Behavior changes at these schools have already cut annual energy bills by nearly 20%

Schools awarded grants for solar pavilions include:

  • Pine Haven Elementary, Jamestown, Tenn.
  • Pickett County High School, Byrdstown, Tenn.
  • South Fentress Elementary, Grimsley, Tenn.
  • Pikeville Elementary, Pikeville, Tenn.
  • Spencer Elementary School, Spencer, Tenn.

Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative has provided an initial $600,000 in matching funds.

TVA is recruiting schools for the 2022-2023 program at: https://energyright.com/business-industry/school-uplift/.