Pennsylvania schools doubled their solar power capacity over the last two years of the pandemic, saving money for the schools while protecting the environment, says a new report from nonprofit Generation180. Spread across 108 schools that serve over 88,000 students, the systems produced 28.8 megawatts by January 2022 -- enough to offset the pollution of 5,000 gas-powered cars. Almost 75% of the systems were obtained via power purchase agreements. A third-party solar developer benefits from the tax credit to install and maintain a solar system and schools pay the developer for the energy. As well as saving an estimated $95 million over the next 40 years, the systems also provide an excellent STEM-learning opportunity, gaining education in renewable resources, and clean-jobs training.

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