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Grant from ComEd Benefits IMSA Students and Environment

IMSA’s newly-installed solar panels – part of the IMSA Energy Center – are already providing substantive benefits to the campus and the environment, offsetting 759 pounds of carbon dioxide in the first 85 days alone.  

The solar panels and other IMSA Energy Center initiatives – such as small wind energy projects, alternative biofuels, and K-8 energy-related curricula for Illinois students – were made possible through the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education ( and a $23,500 grant from ComEd.

IMSA President Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee gratefully thanked ComEd for their continued support and generous gift, which will enable IMSA to serve as an educational laboratory by expanding its award-winning Energy Center programs to students at IMSA and throughout Illinois.

“Thanks to this generous grant from ComEd, IMSA’s Energy Center will be able to provide an environment for real-world problem solving for students, staff and our partners to provide ongoing opportunities to learn about global energy conservation and sustainability,” McGee said.  “IMSA’s award-winning Energy Center already has been recognized for its innovative student initiatives including deriving alternative biofuels, creating a mobile energy house featuring solar panels and wind energy devices and using solar panels on IMSA campus buildings,” McGee said. 

IMSA’s Energy Center teaches science, technology, engineering and mathematics by drawing on students’ natural concern for their environment and desire to advance the human condition.  Students join engineering and research teams to work on energy issues of their own interest.

The larger solar panel, which is helping to supply electricity to the entire campus, has generated enough energy (as of August 31, 2009) to run 14 homes, 1,341 regular light bulbs and 443 computers for one day.  This saved the environment 759 lbs. of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to planting nine trees, not driving 23 cars to work for one day and not consuming 39 gallons of gas. 

“ComEd is proud to support the IMSA Energy Center and other valuable programs that help develop the scientists, engineers, and energy industry leaders of the future,” said Fidel Marquez, IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education board member and ComEd Senior Vice President of Customer Operations. “We look forward to watching the intellectual curiosity of IMSA students grow and blossom through opportunities afforded by the Energy Center. We can’t wait to see what they will achieve through this unique, hands-on learning tool.”

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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