Parent and Child Magazine recently named a school in northern Arizona one of the top 25 coolest schools in America. The STAR School, near Flagstaff and the edge of the Navajo Nation, is the first completely solar powered public charter school in the country. From making its own power, to growing its own food, the school's mission is to be as sustainable as possible. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports, being off the grid has its challenges.
President Obama announced seven large solar and wind projects in the west will be expedited. The announcement comes on the first day of the national clean energy summit.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid kicked off the renewable energy summit in Las Vegas with a call to replace coal with wind and solar.
"Every year we spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying coal from other states to burn in Nevada," Reid said. "It’s time to make a different choice a choice that brings new clean energy industries and jobs to Nevada, a choice to invest in our own natural resources."
Flagstaff’s Southside Murdoch Community Center is about to get solar panels installed on its roof. That’s not innovative—but the way the panels are being paid for is. Thanks to 87 small-scale investors and a company named Solar Mosaic, the center will enjoy long-term energy savings without big upfront costs.
Solar Mosaic focuses on financing clean energy projects with help from what it calls the “power of the crowd.” So far the company has funded five solar projects in California and Arizona.