DOE partners with DWEA to bolster Wind for Schools

By Jodi Delapaz

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WASHINGTON, June 9, 2016 - DOE's Wind Program will partner with the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) to support the long-term viability of the Wind for Schools program. DOE says that the partnership is part of a broader effort to not only support the growth of the program, but to also diversify sources of funding to allow more schools to be able to participate.

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Wind for Schools currently supports a network of rural K-12 public schools and higher education institutions in 12 states. Each K-12 school hosts a wind turbine, with installation and curriculum supported by students and faculty working with a Wind Application Center at a partner university in their state.

Some 145 wind turbine systems are currently installed at the host schools. The K-12 host school incorporates their school's wind turbine into their classroom as a way to support interactive and interschool “research tasks” that inspire and demonstrate novel approaches to teach science while involving K-12 students in their communities.

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The Wind Application Centers provide technical assistance to the schools, such as wind resource and energy usage analysis, siting, permitting, land use, financials, overseeing the installation of the power and the data acquisition system and performance data analysis.

DWEA will work with the existing participants over the course of nine months to further the initiative's mission of “bringing wind education to the classroom through experiential learning,” as well as help to make connections with industry and help additional states, universities and schools to join.

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