Augusta County Schools

A curriculum that evolves with the sun in Augusta

Having solar panels on campus has helped Augusta County’s schools integrate clean energy into their curricula. Students participated in the 10-week Throwing Solar Shade® program under the direction of Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, chief scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia. Students chose their topics and conducted their own research on the subject of the heat-island effect. Three ACPS students presented their findings at the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in December 2020.

Producing its own solar power on site will also help the school division save more than $12 million in energy over the next 20 years, with no upfront capital cost. Under a power purchase agreement, Secure Solar Futures installed the panels on the school campuses but will continue to own and operate the solar systems, selling all the power to the schools at a cost lower than utility power.


Fort Defiance High School Phase 1

Fort Defiance High School Phase 2

Wilson Memorial High School

Stuarts Draft High School

Stuarts Draft Elementary School

Gordon Stewart Middle School

Hugh Cassell Elementary School

The Challenge

Producing its own solar power on site. Save Money and integrate clean energy into the curriculum

The Result

Secure Solar Futures has installed a total of 3.7 megawatts of solar power at several school facilities in Augusta County, Virginia, enough clean energy to power the equivalent of about 370 average American homes. Augusta has also added the 10-week Throwing Solar Shade® program into its course work.