New additions to Lincoln-Way Central can be found in the form of solar panels.
The project was spearheaded by Central’s Environmental Action Club (EAC) and its sponsor, Catherine Sieber.
Over the course of several years, students participating in EAC have discussed global environmental issues such as supporting endangered species, as well as local issues such as creating personal composts. Their endeavor into solar energy has been a long-term goal for the club; the goal was made possible when the Knights received support from two grants.
With the newly installed solar panels, students at Lincoln-Way Central will be able to investigate, measure and discuss the positives of renewable energy such as solar energy.
Not only will the Environmental Action Club be able to promote the panels, Lincoln-Way Central’s Science Club also will benefit. Academic classes including environmental biology, Advanced Placement environmental science and physical science will have access to the data collected and be able to see firsthand the benefits of the panels.
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation’s grant provided the solar panels – valued at $6,700 – for the school. The panels can be seen from Schoolhouse Road attached to the south end of Central’s B wing near door 35C.
Installation for this solar panel project was supported by Solar Star Foundation, established in 2010, with a goal to “invest in clean energy development and solar education, working with youth to improve environmental quality nationwide.” Their $400 grant awarded to the school will help defray the installation cost.