A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools

Brighter Future Report 2020


As school districts struggle to adapt to a nationwide budget crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, many K-12 schools are shoring up budgets with a switch to solar power.  Find out more inside this third edition of Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, including new data and trends on solar uptake at schools nationwide, how schools are saving millions in energy bills (with little-to-no upfront investment), and a national ranking of all states for solar on schools.

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Which States Rank at the Top?

Mapping the Solar Schools Movement

We have the most comprehensive database of solar schools in the country. Check out new data on how your state ranks for installed solar capacity on schools and number of solar schools. Find a solar school near you and learn more about that solar installation.


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The map shows the solar schools identified in our national census report through the end of 2019. Help us keep our database updated by adding your solar school.

Key Findings

Solar on U.S. Schools More Than Doubled in Five Years.

Key Findings

Here are some key findings from Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools:

  • Over the last five years, K-12 schools more than doubled the total amount of installed solar
  • 7,332 schools nationwide now utilize solar power, making up 5.5 percent of all K-12 public and private U.S. schools
  • The number of schools with solar increased by 81% since 2014
  • More than 5.3 million students attend a school with solar
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Why Schools are Going Solar

Success Stories

In the News

  • Radio IQ WVTF: “More Schools Going Solar in Virginia” – December 11, 2019

  • Richmond-Times Dispatch: “Editorial: PPAs offer a financial bright side for our schools” – November 30, 2019

  • Richmond-Times Dispatch: “Richmond-area schools lead statewide movement toward solar energy” – November 26, 2019

  • Solar Power World: “New report finds number of Virginia schools going solar tripled since 2017” – November 26, 2019

How-To and Financing Guide

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How-To and Financing Guide

This step by step guide helps schools understand what they need to know to move forward with a solar installation–and steps to finance it.

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