TCAPS Students Recognized for Solar Power Project, Receive Generous Donation

“Your futures are bright and you’re doing a good thing for the community, so thank you.”

A group of TCAPS students was recognized by the Traverse City Light & Power board for their inspiring work to make their school go green.

Students for Environmental Advocacy has been working for more than two years to bring renewable solar energy to Traverse City Central High School.

Represented by Elliott Smith and Martin Chown, the SEA Club presented their solar ambitions to the TCLP board at its regular meeting.

The project will bring a series of solar panels to Central’s campus, totaling $80,000 and are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 tons each year.

Board members agreed to donate $25,000 from state designated education funds.

“When Elliott started the club, it was great that a bunch of students were getting together in the morning and talking about the importance of these issues. But with the solar project, we really wanted to be able to take some tangible action, and make really a meaningful difference for our current class and for the future of Central High School,” Chown said.

The students are still $30,000 from their funding goal.

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