The Wind for Schools Project
Wind for Schools (WfS) is funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Kansas is one of six pilot states. The other states are Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota. The Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University are the project partners, and are working to install 2.4 kW Skystream wind turbines at 15 rural schools during 2008-2010. The Wind for Schools program aims to train young engineers for jobs in the rapidly growing wind industry, and to increase public awareness and understanding of wind power. Applications are solicited through the K-12 school districts’ communications networks, through the Kansas Association of Teachers in Science, and by word of mouth. Schools were selected on the basis of being a good wind site and having strong community, school administration and science teacher support.
Schools receiving WfS turbines are expected to incorporate education about wind energy into their science, math and social studies curricula, including how turbines work and how to collect, process and understand the data the turbines will provide.
A second goal is to establish a fully functioning Wind Applications Center (WAC) at Kansas State University under the coordination and direction of Professor Ruth Douglas Miller. (See the October 2009 update from WAC.)
The WfS project selected the following sites in the first round of applicants in 2007:
These schools were selected for the second round in 2008:
These schools were selected for the third round in 2009:
Regional Wind Energy Forums
This project seeks to establish ongoing dialogues with rural communities about opportunities arising from wind energy development. Working with local communities, the project has organized multi-county forums that address such issues as leasing and landowners’ rights, community wind development, state policies concerning wind development, non-grid usage of stranded wind resources, funding wind projects, county commissioner issues, transmission and interconnection, and rural economic development.
The project is funded by the Climate and Energy Project of The Land Institute in Salina, KS.
Partners have included numerous County Economic Development offices, several RC&Ds, Farm Bureau county committees, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Kansas Energy Office. Wind forums have taken place in Kingman, Phillipsburg, Colby, and Scott City. Additional forums will be announced on our calendar page as they are organized.
Presentations from the forums are available below.
Energy Facts and Figures for Rural Kansas
Jobs in Wind Energy
Kansas Rural Center Links
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