Alaska chosen as Wind for Schools state
January 25, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory and DOE’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program have selected Alaska as one of five additional states to become part of Wind Powering America’s Wind for Schools program.
The selection makes Alaska one of only 11 states in the country to be part of the Wind for Schools program and will encourage more success stories like that at Sherrod Elementary where a recently erected wind turbine is being used to teach students about science and energy (see our stories on Sherrod’s project here). With the selection comes approximately $60,000 in funding per year for three years for activities supporting the Wind for Schools program in Alaska.
By targeting students, the Wind for Schools program seeks to engage the next generation in learning about science, and address a major challenge for the wind energy industry: the need for a skilled workforce to support the expanded development and application of wind technologies. The Sherrod turbine is currently the only one at a school in Alaska, but over 30 schools from all over the state have expressed interest in the program. The effort to add Alaska to the Wind for Schools program was led by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power and Renewable Energy Alaska Project.
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