Hen Hud Going Green with Solar Panels

In 2016, Hen Hud installed solar panels throughout the district to produce its own energy. Solar panels work using the photovoltaic effect, where sunlight comes down with high energy photons that knock into metal, thus creating energy. Essentially, they trap infrared energy and convert it to electricity. 

Physics teacher Mr. Zollner explains that the carbon emissions created by solar panels are limited in comparison to other forms of energy, such as fossil fuels.  

In 2022 alone, the high school has offset the equivalent of planting 49,000 trees, burning 4,000 gallons of gas, or driving 83,000 miles in a car. Solar panels are proving to be an essential part of the future of energy production.

Solar panels on the roof of the high school, with the nuclear power plant Indian Point in the background. Courtesy of John May