“DivvySolar (divvysolar.com) recently launched the beginning of an exciting new era of crowdsourcing solar panels! Their first project is at Bronx Design & Construction Academy to help turn our Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaic Canopy (https://gripv.wordpress.com) pilot project into a full scale study on our school’s roof.
Support our project here! http://divvysolar.com/projects/BDCA_solar/
In the News:
Divvy enables the development of community clean energy projects through crowdfunding to provide sustainable social, environmental, and financial impacts. Community organizations—schools, religious institutions, local businesses, etc.—use the online platform to reach their local members as well as to connect with the global renewable energy community. Divvy oversees the project’s fundraising campaign, integrating with social media to push projects to funding completion. The community organization provides the Funders with rewards ranging from sentimental student artwork to coupons and discounts for their contributions. After the funding process is completed, the organization receives the solar system at no cost and stays connected with the Funders through the Divvy platform, while enjoying financial and environmental benefits over the system’s lifetime (>30 years). Divvy’s pilot project is a stand-alone, experimental solar system at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy for investigating the synergies between solar and green roofs. The Divvy platform is launching with this project on August 28th, when it will be opened up for other project initiators as well. Among other project leads, a grid-tied solar system at Middle School 88 (MS88) in Brooklyn is under review by school staff and Department of Education contacts.”
Last January we attended Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week at the annual World Future Energy Summit in the United Arab Emirates. Here’s a video highlighting all of the Global High Schools (We took 2nd place for all of the Americas!)
Going to the American Solar Energy Society was a blast. We learned all about new forms of renewable energy. And we also learned different ways of making energy, such as new ways of making thermal energy. We learned a lot, and we also presented, which was very good. We were very nervous, but we got through it. And we were apparently good, even though we messed up a few times. We saw to Marc Perez’s father speak about the complexity of the electricity grid. Though we were exhausted, we were astounded by the debate after his part between two or so people. They were talking about selling leftover energy that is not being used for a higher amount. In all, the experience was amazing. We learned a lot, and met new people. It was a great experience.
– Michael Pagan (9th grade, Bronx Design & Construction Academy)
This trip was very inspirational. We learned a lot about renewable energy. The best part was when we answered questions for the audience. I learned about sketchup which is a program that you can use to make 3d designs.
– Verick White (9th grade, Bronx Design & Construction Academy)
Earlier this month Bronx Design & Construction Academy Energy-Environment Research Club students submitted a research paper about our Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaic Canopy project. As a result, we were invited to compete in the preliminary rounds of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) against 550 projects from a select group of high schools. BDCA was then rated in the top 20% of the preliminary rounds and invited to complete in the NYCSEF final round in the Museum of Natural History against the top science research projects in New York City.
In the final round BDCA received a 3rd place category prize and was recognized with two special awards: US Army Excellence in Science & Engineering and The Ricoh Americas Corporation Sustainable Development Award!
Nathaniel Thayer Wight
Bronx Design & Construction Academy Energy-Environment Research Club students recently competed in the annual New York City Science and Engineering Fair. We competed against 550 projects from a select group of high schools (including Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, Bx Science) – and we made it to the final round! We were rated in the top 20% and will now compete in the final round on Tuesday, March 19th in the Museum of Natural History. Students that make it to the top 20% of the final round will receive a $5000 scholarship and an all expense paid trip to Phoenix, Arizona to compete for more than $4,000,000 in scholarships and awards at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair. See last year’s ISEF Highlights here. Wish us luck!