Wind for Schools
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
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 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.