Logical Plan Design

What can we do to conserve energy in our school?

Windows and Solar Energy

Our plan to conserve energy in our school is to put lots of Windows in the cafeteria and in the classrooms that are at the edge of the school. For the classes that are more isolated from the classes at the edge of the school, we were planning to put a strong glass ceiling where the sun shines through it (solar energy).

Price of Installation

For 1 standard size window, it would cost a high of $600, and for 1 wooden window, it would cost a high of $1,000. So for the classrooms that are at the edge of the school, it would cost about $25,200 per classroom for a standard window because around 42 Windows can fit in a classroom.

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How Will We Raise the money?

How Will We Raise the Money?

A way we can raise the money is doing a fundraiser like we're doing right now, but something that would raise even more money. Or even get the school gets a loan from the bank.

Pros

Pros:


  • It saves energy
  • Doesn't cost monthly fees
  • Saves up utility bills in the future
  • On days without electricity (power outage), solar panels can be used.
  • It is renewable
  • Many applications
  • Sustainable
  • Low maintenance
  • Good availability
  • Great for the environment

Cons

Cons:


  • It costs a lot of money
  • If it's cloudy or the sun is not out, it will be a waste of money installing all those windows.
  • Associated with pollution
  • Energy storage is expensive
  • Exotic Materials

Sources

1. "Energy Saving Tips for Schools." Energy Saving Tips for Schools. Web. 04 Feb. 2016. <http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/infrastructure/Pages/sustainabilityenergy.aspx>.


2. How Much Does It Cost to Install Solar on an Average US House? - Solar Power Authority." Solar Power Authority. 2012. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.


3. "How Much Does It Cost to Replace Windows?" Angie's List. 2013. Web. 08 Feb. 2016.


4. "Richard J. Lee Elementary." The Building As a Tool / Facts About the Building. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

http://www.coppellisd.com/domain/2817



5. "The Green Squad: Library." The Green Squad: Library. Web. 04 Feb. 2016. <http://www.nrdc.org/greensquad/library/energy_use.asp>.


6. "Richard J. Lee Elementary." The Building As a Tool / Facts About the Building. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

http://www.coppellisd.com/domain/2817


7. Piles of Money / Boing Boing." Boing Boing. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.

Facts

  • 1 kilowatt per hour costs 11 cents
  • Solar panel capacity is 10 watts per square foot.
  • The average kilowatt per hour costs 10 cents

Solar Panel System Components

Solar Panels: captures sun's energy and converts it to electricity.

Controller: Protects batteries by regulating the flow of electricity.

Batteries: Store Electricity for later use.

Inverter: converts energy stored in a battery to voltage needed to run standard electrical equipment.