About the Fund
Solar on Schools was started by the nonprofit Couillard Solar Foundation (CSF), which is teaming up with the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation to subsidize solar installations on local high schools. This project strives to not only reduce fossil fuel emissions but to save schools money on energy costs. Cal Couillard, Couillard Solar Foundation's creator and a Memorial High School graduate, would like Memorial and North High Schools to lead the way towards achieving this goal.
Solar on Eau Claire Schools is working toward installation of 252kW of solar panels on Memorial and North High Schools (360 panels atop each school). Once installed, the arrays are estimated to save Eau Claire Area School District over $20,000 a year in energy costs. In addition to reducing schools’ energy costs, the project will become incorporated into the high schools' STEM curriculum, educating students about alternative energy sources that are environmentally and financially beneficial, showing them how clean, affordable energy can be produced on their schools, and exposing them to career opportunities in solar and engineering industries.
Couillard Solar Foundation has generously donated the 720 panels for the project. $291,396 is being raised to support the costs of electrical engineering design, array installation and equipment, 25 years' maintenance contract, and other related costs. Because the project is funded entirely through private donations, there is no cost to the District.
You can help by using this fund page to donate online. You can also send a check to:
Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation
PO Box 511
Eau Claire, WI 54702
For information about making a gift through an IRA rollover or stock donation, call 715-852-3015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .