SolBid at its core is designed to help people, their organizations and the environment. We have made it our mission to assist others to the best of our ability, and believe that beyond clean energy production that assisting our children of today to make for better leaders of tomorrow is invaluable.
From a recent study done by Pearson, the United States has a “cognitive skills and educational attainment” score of 0.39, which makes the U.S. rank fourteenth out of forty countries ranked in that category. We found this to be a disappointing figure, when you consider the amount of resources that are at our disposal when compared to other countries. To make matters worse, with existing government debts we are seeing large budget cuts directly affecting the education sector. Due to these cuts over the past few years, U.S. school districts are utilizing out-of-date materials and educational programs; schools are being forced to make staff cuts, increasing pupil to teacher ratios; and we are even seeing whole school closures.
The Department of Energy estimates that education facilities across the U.S. spend over $8 Billion in energy costs a year, coming in as the 2nd largest budget cost for schools behind personnel. This is why SolBid has founded the “Brighter Classrooms” program with the goal to reduce costs and carbon emissions as well as raise awareness about the value of solar energy.
With our program we are able to greatly reduce a school’s electric utility bill, effectively liberating monies in the school budget to be used towards a better education for our children. From a recent study “Brighter Future: Solar U.S. Schools” by SEIA, they have found that 450 individual school districts could save each more than $1 million over 30 years by installing a solar energy system. Currently, out of the 125,000 schools in the country, there are only 3,727 K-12 schools in the U.S. with existing solar installations, meaning nearly 2.7 million students currently attend schools with a solar energy system. The electricity generated in one year by all of these existing 3,727 PV systems represents a combined $77.8 million per year in utility bills ‒ an average of almost $21,000 per year per school. This combined energy value is roughly equivalent to 155,000 tablet computers or nearly 2,200 new teachers’ salaries per year for these schools.
We believe that every one of 121,273 schools left in the U.S. that currently do not have a solar energy system should be taking advantage of this amazing energy source. But with existing budgetary issues, this can be challenging. This is where the “Brighter Classrooms” program shines.