Lake Stevens High School serves 1,700 students in the Lake Stevens community and is part of the Lake Stevens School District (LSSD), which serves over 8,000 students. The Lake Stevens School District Solar PV public demonstration project increases the awareness and understanding of renewable energy among children and citizens throughout the PUD’s service area. Solar generation complements and supports the LSSD science curriculum, ranging from the study of weather in first grade through physics in high school. The solar panels, kiosk, and real-time weather and energy generation data available over the LSSD websites complement the existing energy education program, which has been in place since March 2010.
Lake Stevens High School has a history of efficient energy use, including a partnership with Energy Education Incorporation and the hiring of an energy manager to implement a comprehensive energy program. The district believes it has a responsibility to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to conserve energy and natural resources while exercising sound financial management. The district has successfully reduced electrical usage by 3,420,103 kWh over a one-year period, showing an impressive reduction of 26,084 MMBTU and 2,164 equivalent metric tons of green house gas reduction. LSSD is an ENERGY STAR Partner and has received the EPA's 20% Energy Star Leader rating. The addition of a 4.4 kW solar array to Lake Stevens High School will help support the school’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy goals and curricula. The array received 70% of its funding from the PUD’s Planet Power Program and 30% from Bonneville Environmental Foundation and is accompanied by a comprehensive renewable energy curriculum package to enhance student learning and community access.