By James Duong


   34,170. Does this number ring a bell? Well, this is actually the tuition for Pinewood’s students. This is more than most colleges in the U.S. When paying this tuition, students would assume most of the tuition would be used for useful things like teachers, campus improvement, and other useful things. The reality is most of the money would be used for power bills. If only Pinewood would go solar, we would start using more money on more useful investments. According to xcelenergy.com, “our nation’s K-12 schools are failing Energy 101”. Every year, taxpayers have to pay 6 billion dollars on energy for schools. This is 25 percent more than necessary. If only Pinewood could go solar, we can cut energy bills down, increase enrollment, and save the environment.

   Everyone has heard of the word solar, but many do not know the importance of it. Going solar will cut down operating costs. Solar power is a free source of energy and as the systems of solar gets larger, the cost per watt price falls down. It’s a free source of energy since it is an unlimited resource, as opposed to fossil fuels, which are a finite resource. It is designed to work on cloudy days, rainy days and all environments. Solar panels can generate a significant amount of power for schools. This all means that schools will be able to enjoy the affordable power. 

     Many colleges have seen the benefits of it and have already installed solar panels. Stanford University has set a goal to use 100 percent solar entry by 2021. This is helping Stanford cut costs down, as well as increase enrollment. According to Going Solar, green energy attract environmentally conscious people. Millennials are attracted by green energy and favor it, so installing solar panels will attract people. Eco-minded students would favor Pinewood since these kinds of students love to see the environment being improved. When modern students choose schools, many of them favor environmentally-friendly schools. According to the Guardian, 54 percent of the 10,000 Princeton Review college applicants surveyed said they prefer a school who shows their commitment to environmental issues.

     In my two years in Pinewood, it really seems like Pinewood cares and loves the environment. We have many environmental clubs like interact, and environmental. The next environmental friendly step we should make is going solar. It reduces air pollution, water pollution, and the use of non renewable energy sources. First, fossil fuels create a lot of pollution. This is affecting the air because of excessive carbon dioxide. This is extremely bad for our health. Solar panels actually help get rid of air pollution and clean the air. Solar panels do not burn any fossil fuel to generate electricity. Solar panels also reduce water pollution. In thermoelectric plants, coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy requires cooling with requires a lot of water. 72 percent of water pollution comes from coal-fired power plants and this toxic pollution leads to cancer. Generating energy for renewable sources will improve river ecosystems. Non-renewable resources lead to fossil fuels and these are bad for the environment.

    If we do not go solar, then we are promoting that we do not want to improve the air and environment. We will then lose future students due to some of them being eco-friendly students. This will lead to Pinewood losing future profit off tuition and the energy bill will be the same. If Pinewood continues to disregard this idea, our high school will be promoting a non-eco-friendly view on the environment, lose future students, and lose profit.