SEA School Pilot Program

As alternative energy generation technologies continue to evolve, effective market delivery cannot be undervalued. While regulations, tax subsidies, funding initiatives, and other government programs will undoubtedly play a large part in bringing these technologies to life, they are often slow and cumbersome and rarely focus on small commercial, residential and institutional applications. Such facilities, including small office parks, schools, hospitals and residential developments, make up the majority of energy users on Long Island and throughout the country. Their adoption of alternative energy generation is essential to our society’s success in its continuing struggle to find harmony with the environment.

SEA is currently developing plans for a program through which its member organizations would install terrestrial alternative energy generation stations at public high schools throughout Long Island. Teachers and company engineers could then team up to create a curriculum around the operation of the equipment and the importance of clean energy generation. Lessons might incorporate the scientific principles behind the design and operation of wind turbines, photovoltaics, and energy storage/transmission systems as well as general lessons in meteorology, climatology, geophysics, etc.

Smart metering systems would then record the energy generation data at the stations and deposit it into a database. Weather data and other external factors could be recorded by the students at each station and stored alongside each station’s generation data. Generation and weather data from each station, as well as educational resources, would be shared through a web application designed expressly for the project. Developers, institutions and private citizens interested in implementing alternative generation systems can then use the site to gather accurate, impartial and comprehensive performance data on a number of market-ready technologies.