Rocky Mountain Power Funds New Solar Array at K-6 Charter School

May 19, 2011

Rocky Mountain Power

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Students at Wasatch Peak Academy, a public K-6 charter school in North Salt Lake City, have been working for months on exciting service-learning projects. On the evening of May 18, students exhibited their projects for parents and community members at the school’s annual Service-Learning Fair.

The projects included a new 10-kilowatt rooftop solar array funded by Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program. Students in the 5th grade learned about renewable energy and coordinated plans for the solar array, which was installed by local contractor Wasatch Sun.

“Blue Sky funds have helped support the cost of 51 new community-based renewable energy projects in Utah since 2006,” said Steve Rush, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager. Rush said the utility’s voluntary green pricing program provides an easy way for customers to support renewable energy production and development in the region.

Through service learning, Wasatch Peak Academy’s students use what they learn in the classroom to solve real life problems. This year, students have focused on conservation. Each grade has sponsored a unique conservation service learning project or experience.

“Our students have learned ways to reduce their individual impact on the environment this year, “ said Sandy Shepard, Wasatch Peak Academy principal. “Through the service-learning program, they have shared that knowledge with their families and communities throughout the year.”

Wasatch Peak Academy utilizes service-learning to inspire students to gain an appreciation for community and country, a willingness to embrace leadership opportunities, and to achieve individual academic excellence. For more information, visit www.wasatchpeak.org.

More than 30,000 Utah residents and businesses participate in Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs. For 2010, Blue Sky was No. 2 in the nation for the number of customers buying renewable power and No. 3 for renewable power sales volume. Blue Sky has ranked in the Top 5 nationally in these two categories for the past eight years. For more information, visit www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky.

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