National Renewable Energy Group Honors AEP-Sponsored Solar Programs For Schools

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Electric Power

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of the Interstate Renewable
 Energy Council's (IREC) 2001 Innovation Awards have been presented to school-
 based solar energy programs sponsored by American Electric Power (NYSE:   AEP).
     Awards were made at IREC's Photovoltaics for You (PV4You) annual meeting
 here Tuesday night.  The meeting was held in conjunction with Forum 2001 -
 Solar Energy: The Power to Choose, the National Solar Energy Council's annual
 forum for the exchange of information about advances in solar technologies,
 programs and concepts.  IREC was one of 12 renewable energy organizations
 sponsoring Forum 2001.
     The two AEP-supported programs cited by IREC were Watts on Schools and
 Ohio Schools Going Solar.  The Watts on Schools program in Texas, Arkansas and
 Louisiana is managed on behalf of AEP by CSG Services, an energy management
 consulting firm in Austin, Texas.  Accepting the award for Ohio Schools Going
 Solar was the Foundation for Environmental Education of Columbus, a non-profit
 agency that promotes environmental education demonstration projects.  Among
 the partners of the Ohio solar energy schools program is the Ohio Department
 of Development.
     IREC's award-winning projects must be innovative, replicable by others and
 have a measurable positive impact on the environment.
     "Under the banner of AEP's Learning from Light! program, 70 schools had
 installed photovoltaic systems as of this month," said Dale Heydlauff, AEP
 senior vice president - environmental affairs.  "This includes the two
 programs cited by IREC."
     Learning from Light! is an energy and environmental education program
 developed by AEP, the Foundation for Environmental Education, CSG Services and
 other local and state partners.  The U.S. Department of Energy certifies each
 installation under its Million Solar Roofs and Energy$mart Schools programs.
     When a school's photovoltaic system is combined with AEP's web-based
 Datapult(SM) energy management system, Datapult(SM) provides information about
 the contribution that solar generation makes to the school's total energy
 usage.
     "Learning from Light! provides an opportunity for schools and communities
 to satisfy their growing fascination and curiosity about solar energy in a
 practical and informative way," Heydlauff said.  "It's a hands-on program.
 Students can see solar panels connected to the school's electrical system.
 They can monitor energy usage and generation on-line.  One of our first
 Learning from Light! schools, Bluffsview Elementary in Worthington, Ohio, for
 example, reported a 25% increase in fourth grade math proficiency test scores
 as a result of the program."
     Schools and communities can access information about taking part in
 Learning from Light! at www.aep.com/environmental/solar/ .
     American Electric Power is a multinational energy company based in
 Columbus, Ohio.  AEP owns and operates more than 38,000 megawatts of
 generating capacity, making it one of America's largest generators of
 electricity. The company is also a leading wholesale energy marketer and
 trader, ranking second in the U.S. in electricity volume.  AEP provides retail
 electricity to more than 7 million customers worldwide and has more than
 $45 billion in assets, primarily in the U.S. with holdings in select
 international markets.  Wholly owned subsidiaries are involved in power
 engineering and construction services, energy management and
 telecommunications.
     News releases and other information about AEP can be found on the World
 Wide Web at http://www.aep.com .
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of the Interstate Renewable
 Energy Council's (IREC) 2001 Innovation Awards have been presented to school-
 based solar energy programs sponsored by American Electric Power (NYSE:   AEP).
     Awards were made at IREC's Photovoltaics for You (PV4You) annual meeting
 here Tuesday night.  The meeting was held in conjunction with Forum 2001 -
 Solar Energy: The Power to Choose, the National Solar Energy Council's annual
 forum for the exchange of information about advances in solar technologies,
 programs and concepts.  IREC was one of 12 renewable energy organizations
 sponsoring Forum 2001.
     The two AEP-supported programs cited by IREC were Watts on Schools and
 Ohio Schools Going Solar.  The Watts on Schools program in Texas, Arkansas and
 Louisiana is managed on behalf of AEP by CSG Services, an energy management
 consulting firm in Austin, Texas.  Accepting the award for Ohio Schools Going
 Solar was the Foundation for Environmental Education of Columbus, a non-profit
 agency that promotes environmental education demonstration projects.  Among
 the partners of the Ohio solar energy schools program is the Ohio Department
 of Development.
     IREC's award-winning projects must be innovative, replicable by others and
 have a measurable positive impact on the environment.
     "Under the banner of AEP's Learning from Light! program, 70 schools had
 installed photovoltaic systems as of this month," said Dale Heydlauff, AEP
 senior vice president - environmental affairs.  "This includes the two
 programs cited by IREC."
     Learning from Light! is an energy and environmental education program
 developed by AEP, the Foundation for Environmental Education, CSG Services and
 other local and state partners.  The U.S. Department of Energy certifies each
 installation under its Million Solar Roofs and Energy$mart Schools programs.
     When a school's photovoltaic system is combined with AEP's web-based
 Datapult(SM) energy management system, Datapult(SM) provides information about
 the contribution that solar generation makes to the school's total energy
 usage.
     "Learning from Light! provides an opportunity for schools and communities
 to satisfy their growing fascination and curiosity about solar energy in a
 practical and informative way," Heydlauff said.  "It's a hands-on program.
 Students can see solar panels connected to the school's electrical system.
 They can monitor energy usage and generation on-line.  One of our first
 Learning from Light! schools, Bluffsview Elementary in Worthington, Ohio, for
 example, reported a 25% increase in fourth grade math proficiency test scores
 as a result of the program."
     Schools and communities can access information about taking part in
 Learning from Light! at www.aep.com/environmental/solar/ .
     American Electric Power is a multinational energy company based in
 Columbus, Ohio.  AEP owns and operates more than 38,000 megawatts of
 generating capacity, making it one of America's largest generators of
 electricity. The company is also a leading wholesale energy marketer and
 trader, ranking second in the U.S. in electricity volume.  AEP provides retail
 electricity to more than 7 million customers worldwide and has more than
 $45 billion in assets, primarily in the U.S. with holdings in select
 international markets.  Wholly owned subsidiaries are involved in power
 engineering and construction services, energy management and
 telecommunications.
     News releases and other information about AEP can be found on the World
 Wide Web at http://www.aep.com .
 
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