Educational campuses are embracing sustainability initiatives that provide learning opportunities for students while lowering their utility bills. A campus wind turbine makes a strong statement about a community’s commitment to the future, its children and the environment but wind also makes economic sense. The initial cost of the turbine is recovered over time in reduced electric bills. The amount that can be saved depends on the wind resource and the price the school can get for any additional electricity that it produces. What’s more, is that the lessons of renewable energy technology get brought into the classroom whether it is by analyzing the energy production data points or by learning about the machines themselves.
The Skystream® 3.7 was involved with the US Department of Energy’s “Wind for Schools” program that ran from 2005 to 2013, as the turbine of choice for educational wind installations. The Skystream® team also collaborated on the development of science curriculum for participating schools. Hundreds of schools have embraced the benefits of wind power on campuses in North America and Europe.