You know individual solar power sets have been what can be called the singular success of the Indian government's Solar Mission (and Bangladesh), most strikingly in rural areas. Certain states have taken it one step further to set up community owned solar power plants - households of a village pool money together to purchase a subsidised solar power generator for the village. They are trained in maintenance and all proceeds from the nominal fees goes to the community owners. This is different from what you are trying to do here because these households have no access to the traditional grid, but if you'd like you can read a bit more about it here: http://www.gobartimes.org/content/sun
That's a great idea, Eileen. I imagine this would provide students with a mentor to not only help broaden their understanding of renewable energy but also career prospects in the field of renewable energy. The Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, India runs a nation wide programme called the Green Schools Programme. This is essentially an extra-curricular module that involves students in measuring the impact of their school in terms of energy, water, waste, land (biodiversity) and air; reporting these figures and comparing their performance to themselves from previous years, as well as, to other schools across the country. At the end of the year, CSE hosts an award function to felicitate top performing schools that have shown real change - from moving towards more solar power in campus buildings and dorms to improving biodiversity on campus etc. In my experience working with them, it seemed like a great way to get students to better understand the environment around them in terms of the natural resources they use and how. Your title 'student active participation' made me think of GSP and you can find out more about it here: http://www.gobartimes.org/content/about-gsp I hope it helps. Good luck!