Earth Day Solar Power For Bozeman High School

Posted by Courtney King on Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 2:36pm

Students in the BHS Solar Schools Club have been working hard to continue fundraising for solar panels on school rooftops.  The Solar Schools Club mission is to reduce the town's impact by offsetting our schools' energy demands using sunshine.  Montana's Net Metering program allows the harvest of sunshine during long summer days to offset winter consumption.  Please read on to learn how you can help our students "Keep Summers Cool and Winters Cold," in an effort to preserve the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Last Best Place.

Over three years, a dedicated group of students meeting weekly at lunch have raised $17,000, and are currently 33% towards the capital goals for our legacy project on Bozeman High School.

 We will be hosting three exciting fundraising events soon.  

 1) Online Auction: Solar Club students canvassed town before the pandemic and collected a variety of amazing items for a silent auction.  The pandemic closure delayed our efforts but now we are ready to go!  Click HERE to view our online auction which begins today and extends into next week.  All proceeds go to solar panels on schools.  Auction items include must-have mountain-town schwag, local artwork, and services from local vendors.  Some highlights include products from Simms, Stio, Altitude, unique artwork from local artists, a guided fly fishing trip for two, a whitewater trip for two, a Yeti cooler, lots of restaurant gift cards, movie passes, and more.  Opening bids are set low so check it out!

2) Earth Day Festival: Solar Schools Club will be sharing information at an outdoor table at the Gallatin Valley Earth Day Festival, located in front of the Bozeman Library from 10am to 1pm on April 17.  Please visit and see all the innovative future-ready solutions from local corporations here in town including an electric Harley Davidson motorcycle and electric car from Ressler Chevrolet.  Click HERE to view this year’s program.  The online program highlights several opportunities to listen to recordings of Bozeman students, ages spanning between 6 to 18, talking about their future wishes for our planet.

 3) 5K Run For the Sun:  Solar Schools Club is also helping to advertise a 5K run on April 24, titled Run for the Sun, presented by Gallatin Valley Earth Day and Big Sky Wind Drinkers.  Click HERE to view the race website.  In-person and virtual run options exist.  All proceeds from the Run for the Sun are devoted to Solar Schools Club capital campaign drive.

Miles McGeehan Ed.S.

Bozeman High School - Science Department Leader

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