Wind for Schools
The Institute for Sustainable Energy Solutions is
home to Arizona’s Wind for Schools Project. This project, supported by
States Department of Energy, allows states to support
K-12 schools and community colleges in the process of installing small wind
turbines and implementing wind energy curriculum. To learn more about the Wind for Schools Program and its nationwide impact, visit their interactive website.
Wind for Schools provides support to rural schools
for the installation of anemometer equipment or small wind turbines. Wind for
Schools staff members help school districts through the process of permitting
and installing this equipment at selected schools, and provide ongoing
technical support for the installations.
The Arizona Wind for Schools project Federal grant
contract ended in summer 2013, and the project reduced its outreach efforts but
still supports its partner schools. From 2010–2013 there were many accomplishments with the help of our partner teachers, including the installation of 16 wind turbines! See the locations of all the installations on the map of Arizona, and our total impact in the table below.
|Schools worked with and visited||39|
|Weather Station Installed||1|
|Participation at special public
events or events at NAU||2341|
employed at NAU or official program volunteers for NAU credit||19|
|NAU students in wind-related
projects in NAU classes||22|
presentations/projects in NAU classes||556|
students impacted by direct education activities||2727|
trained at workshops||288|
|Media coverage (print, radio,
program funding obtained||$776,000
In November 2011, Wind for Schools installed our first Skystream turbine
next to the Applied Research and Development building. It supplies renewable
energy to the LEED-Platinum certified building. View the time lapse video
below to watch the installation process!
Our partners include regional utilities, Native American tribes, business and non-profit organizations, school districts, and members of the renewable energy and energy efficiency manufacturing and development industries.
For more information about the Wind for Schools program, contact Karin Wadsack, Project Director, at 928-523-0715 or Karin.Wadsack@nau.edu.