Disco Biscuits Install Solar Panels on School Roof
Earlier this year, The Disco Biscuits performed a concert dubbed the “The Bisco Power Mission” at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl. The purpose of the concert was to raise money for the purchase of solar panels to be used at an elementary school in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, The Biscuits were given the chance to see the results of their work when they visited a fifth grade class at the Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School, and were then taken to view the solar panels on the roof.
“It was pretty amazing to see how it all came together” said The Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein in a statement, “We always talk about harnessing the energy that music generates—well in this case we literally made that happen.”
The Biscuits received help from non-profit organization HeadCount along with Mercury Solar Systems, a leading solar power integrator, to install the solar panels, which will save the school over $43,000 in energy costs over the next 25 years. There is a plaque in the lobby of the school that lists the names of individual Bisco fans who purchased a commemorative “Bisco Power Mission” poster in addition to a concert ticket. There is also a monitor that shows a real time display of the panels’ output. “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, guitarist for The Disco Biscuits in a statement, “Some of those kids will grow up to be engineers, and be more likely to work in renewable energy because of it.”