Florida Power & Light Company is currently accepting applications for its 2011 Renewable Energy Teacher Grants, which provide funding for renewable energy classroom projects created by teachers in FPL’s service territory.
The awards range from $500 to $2,500 per project, based on the proposed budget and number of students that will benefit. The grants come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of Florida Power & Light’s parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc.
To apply for the 2011 grants, interested teachers must fill out an application available at www.FPL.com/solarstations. Completed applications should be e-mailed to teacher.grants@FPL.com no later than Oct. 15, 2010.
This past year, FPL provided a total of $40,500 to 47 teachers at public, private and charter schools in FPL’s 35-county service territory to fund renewable energy classroom projects. The winning projects are designed to help teach school children about renewable energy and adhere to the Florida State Board of Education’s Sunshine State Standards.
Some of the teachers selected for these grant funds recently took part in a workshop to learn about solar and renewable energy and how to incorporate it into their curriculum. They also took a tour of the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, FPL’s newest solar photovoltaic power plant.