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.
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. See our 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!
Engineering Student Design Projects
NAU electrical engineering students have designed and helped to install several renewable energy installations at partner Native American schools. In 2010, they performed a solar installation at Tuba City Junior High School as part of their junior-level design course. The student team worked together, with the school as their client, to design the solar energy installation and related energy education activities. During visits to the school, they performed the educational activities with the junior high students and they assisted with the installation under the supervision of a licensed contractor. In 2011, students in the same course designed a hybrid wind-and-solar installation for Ponderosa High in Flagstaff. The installation was performed in part by NAU and Coconino Community College students with supervision from a licensed installer. The NAU students and CCC students also taught lessons and activities in class with the Ponderosa High School students. In 2012, the same class worked with Moencopi Day School on the Hopi Reservation to design a solar PV installation for the school’s greenhouse. This model will be repeated with installations at schools throughout our program’s service area, with a particular focus on the partner Native American schools that work with NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and its Environmental Education Outreach Program.
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.