Piney Woods Solar

Trajectory Energy Partners won a U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative Solar in Your Community grant to support the development of a 100kWp solar project located on The Piney Woods School campus. This was Trajectory’s first pro-bono project, one that we proudly developed in partnership with Piney Woods leadership and students.


Trajectory Energy Partners worked with the students of Piney Woods School to lead a successful crowdfunding campaign, #Panels4Piney, to bring solar power to the Piney Woods School. Energized on October 9th, 2019, this project will offset 8-10% of the School’s energy usage and serve as a living laboratory for students to learn about solar technology.

The Piney Woods School is one of four historically black boarding schools remaining in the United States. It was founded by Dr. Laurence C. Jones in 1909 to educate the children of former slaves. The school serves students from more than 28 states, as well as international students. With the guidance and support of Piney Woods’ excellent teachers, 98 percent of the school’s graduating seniors have attended colleges and universities in the past several years.

Solar in Your Community Challenge

Trajectory Energy Partners won a $35,000 grant for the project through the Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. In addition, Trajectory worked with the school to secure a donation of the solar panels for the project from Tesla.

Trajectory Energy Partners worked with Elevate Energy and The Piney Woods School to craft educational programming that has been incorporated into their science curriculum.

Learn More:

To learn more about The Illinois Solar for All Program, click here.

To learn more about Rockford Solar, our Low-Income Community Solar Solar for All project, click here.

To learn more about Trajectory’s commitment to bringing solar to communities with low-incomes, click here.

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