In its continued support of education, Mohave Electric Cooperative has a $5,000 grant available to one school.
The catch? The SunWatts Education Grant must support a renewable energy curriculum.
The application process is simple: provide a short writeup of the curriculum and any items to be purchased in support of the curriculum by the 5 p.m., July 19 deadline.
The grant money comes from the Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff surcharge mandated by the Arizona Corporation Commission, which supports numerous programs.
“MEC believes in supporting the communities it serves,” said Rick Campos, manager of engineering, operations, and energy services at MEC. “We can choose from a number of programs, but we always look for those that best support our members.”
The Academy of Building Industries in Fort Mohave won the grant last year and used the funds for a School Bus Greenhouse Project. Students at the school converted a retired school bus into a solar greenhouse.
“Because AOBI does not qualify for the national school lunch program, the greenhouse project has always been dear to us,” wrote Jean Thomas, AOBI administrator, in a thank you letter to MEC. “Many of our students live in the poverty range, so we needed to figure out a way to supply them with healthy food for free every day.
“The students love the idea of a free salad bar they have grown themselves. Thank you for being a good neighbor.”
All member service area schools are eligible to apply. Although the curriculum may have segments on energy conservation, Campos stressed it must have a major renewable component, such as wind, solar, or hydro.
“This grant provides an opportunity for students to be creative and learn about renewable energy and conservation,” Campos said.
The grant will be for the next school year.
Applications should be sent to Steve Bouman, PO Box 22530, Bullhead City, Arizona 86439.