Yesterday, the members of the Disco Biscuits headed to the Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School in Philadelphia to see for themselves the city’s first public school with roof-top solar panels. The panels were the direct result of the band’s Bisco Power Mission fundraising efforts, a joint project with HeadCount and Mercury Solar Systems.
[Photos by Ashley Beliveau]
The Biscuits raised money for the installation of the panels at the Bisco Power Mission concert, which was held at Brooklyn Bowl back on March 21. According to the band, the concert raised $15,000 for “Greening Greenfield,” the organization that is heading up the school’s five-phase greening project. The Albert M. Greenfield Home and School Association contributed an additional $10,000, while Mercury Solar donated approximately $10,000 worth of labor and services. Magic Hat Brewing Company was also a sponsor of Bisco Power Mission.
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tDB bassist – and HeadCount co-chair – Marc Brownstein was clearly happy with the result of BPM’s efforts, “it was pretty amazing to see how it all came together. We always talk about harnessing the energy that music generates – well in this case we literally made that happen,” said Brownstein. Guitarist Jon Gutwillig added, “I love the fact that every time the kids come into the school they’re getting a little reminder about solar and renewable energy. Some of those kids will grow up to be engineers, and be more likely to work in renewable energy because of it.”
Greenfield students can watch the output of the panels in real-time on a monitor in the school’s lobby. There’s a plaque next to the monitor listing the names of tDB fans who helped make BPM possible by purchasing a commemorative poster in addition to a concert ticket. Nice work by the band and HeadCount on a very successful start to the Bisco Power Mission.