Rainshadow Community Charter High School

Reno, Nevada

As a free, public charter high school, Rainshadow Community Charter High School offers an alternative path to higher academic achievement for all who would choose it.  In April 2010 Black Rock Solar installed a 31 kW photovoltaic solar array on the school’s roof.  The new array will save the school approximately $6,600 annually on its energy bill.

“On behalf of the Rainshadow students, staff and Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Black Rock Solar staff for doing an excellent job getting this project in place. They went above and beyond the call of duty in working with our staff and students to make this a real world learning project in becoming more energy efficient and saving the school money in energy costs. We are also very grateful to NV Energy for the generous donation that made all this possible.  Our students are proud to be part of saving our planet’s future by becoming a greener school today.”

Steve West, Principal

Under the leadership of science teacher Joe Ferguson, Rainshadow students were the first to use Black Rock Solar’s new curriculum, Solar 101.  “The students loved it,” said Ferguson.  “They learned a lot about solar energy and fossil fuel use.”

Rainshadow is also venue host to the non-profit Holland Project, providing solar-powered art and music to teenagers across the Truckee Meadows.