Wind for Schools

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Northern Arizona University is home to Arizona’s Wind for Schools Project. This project, supported by the United 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 is supported by a federal grant from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Since 2010, the program has had many accomplishments, including the installation of wind turbines! See  our total impact in the table below, as well as the locations of all the installations on the map of Arizona. For more news highlights and recent updates of Wind for Schools , check out our news page

 

 

Program areaImpacts
Schools worked with and visited39
Wind Turbines Installed18
Weather Station Installed1
PV Arrays Installed3
Participation at special public events or events at NAU2657
Students employed at NAU or official program volunteers for NAU credit24
NAU students in wind-related classes517
Presentations/special projects in NAU classes32
Students at presentations/projects in NAU classes706
K-12 students impacted by direct education activities2846
Teacher workshops22
Teachers trained at workshops306
Media coverage (print, radio, TV)46 stories
Total program funding obtained$799,000

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 and click here for the interview done by Green NAU.  

Arizona Map of installed wind turbine(updated)
Installation Locations
 

Our partners

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.