Disco Biscuits Visit School for “Bisco Power Mission”
By Team JamBase Nov 18, 2010 • 12:56 pm PST
TO INSTALL ROOF-TOP SOLAR PANELS
“Bisco Power Mission,” a joint project between The Disco Biscuits, the non-profit organization HeadCount and Mercury Solar Systems, helped Greenfield become the first public school in Philadelphia to install roof-top solar panels. The $35,000 installation will save the school over $43,000 in energy costs over the next 25 years.
“It was pretty amazing to see how it all came together,” said Marc Brownstein, The Disco Biscuits’ bass player and the co-chair of HeadCount, an organization dedicated to fostering civic participation through the power of music. “We always talk about harnessing the energy that music generates – well in this case we literally made that happen.”
The output of the photovoltaic panels is displayed in real time on a video monitor in the lobby of the school, adding an educational element to the initiative.
“I love the fact that every time the kids come into the school they’re getting a little reminder about solar and renewable energy,” said Jon Gutwillig, the guitarist for The Disco Biscuits who helped conceive the project. “Some of those kids will grow up to be engineers, and be more likely to work in renewable energy because of it.”
Next to the monitor is a plaque listing the names of individual fans of The Disco Biscuits who helped make Bisco Power Mission possible by purchasing a commemorative poster in addition to a concert ticket.
“We’re really proud of the fact that our fans helped make this happen,” Brownstein said.
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