$5,525 of $110,000 goal

Raised by 81 people in 9 months
UPDATE: Tesla saw our campaign and moved to donate the panels for our project! This is incredible recognition and validation, but we still have more to do and need your donations and support to bring solar power to Piney Woods! 


We are embarking on an ambitious campaign to bring solar panels to the campus of Piney Woods School here in Mississippi. 

This solar project will allow our school to create most of its own power, saving the school a significant amount of money in the long run. 

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.

We are in need of funding for our solar panel project. Using the online campaign, #Panels4Piney, we hope to raise money to bring solar to Piney! Please help by donating and sharing the link!

Thank you for your support!

How Solar Will Help Piney Woods School:

·      Hoping to bring a 100KW system which will cover 10% of our electricity needs

·      It will produce free electricity for 25+ years

·      This allows for more funds to address important items for the PWS students such as scholarships, resources, and development

·      It will also bring more budget certainty to the school, knowing that a % of our electricity will be covered for decades to come
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Relive the Piney Woods School class of 2018 graduation when students & parents learned about Tesla’s amazing donation of 100 kW worth of solar panels to #Panels4Piney.

Today those panels arrive to campus and stay tuned for more on that soon!

This is only possible because of your help, and let's keep supporting Piney Woods, together.
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May 26, 2018, [Piney Woods, MS] – The Piney Woods School will install new solar panels thanks to a donation from Tesla to support the school’s #Panels4Piney campaign. Through #Panels4Piney, the students of Piney Woods are working to transition 8-10% of the school’s energy to renewable sources, savings that will be reinvested back into

In March, Panels4Piney launched with a goal of raising $150,000 to install 100 kilowatts worth of solar panels on campus ahead of its 110 year anniversary in 2019. Solar panels from Tesla will help students toward achieving this goal, but they still need
to fundraise for the full installation.

Students aim to raise an additional $110,000 to install these solar panels, which will
cover 8-10% of the school’s energy use. Savings from this installation will allow the
school to invest in infrastructure and student scholarships as part of a larger effort to
comprehensively enter the 21st century. Additionally, Tesla’s solar panels will help
support the school’s renewable energy goals.

In 2017, The Piney Woods School was selected to compete in U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition
that aims to expand solar electricity access across the country, receiving a $50,000 seed
grant to kickstart the project from the Department of Energy.
To learn more about the fundraiser and to help these students succeed, you can go to

About The Piney Woods School

Founded in 1909 by the first African American graduate of what would become the
University of Iowa, Dr. Laurence C. Jones, to educate the children of former slaves, the
School was a response to the need for a safe place for African Americans to learn and
serve as a cultural and academic haven.

Today they welcome students from around the United States, as well as outside the country with students from the Caribbean and Ethiopia. They serve a predominantly lower to middle-income student body with the majority of their students on scholarship,and have a 98% rate of graduating seniors going on to college.

About the Solar in Your Community Challenge

The Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative is a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar access to
low and moderate income households; and state, local, and tribal governments; and
non-profit organizations.
More information about the selected teams and the Solar in Your Community Challenge
is at www.solarinyourcommunity.org.

About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the
cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a
low-cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts
in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.
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$5,525 of $110,000 goal

Raised by 81 people in 9 months
Funds raised will benefit:
The Piney Woods Country Life School
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