The Nebraska Energy Office is seeking up to four public schools that would like to install 2.5 kilowatthour wind turbines next to their school buildings.
These grants of $5,000 provide partial funding of a wind turbine that offers a unique educational experience for students, while offsetting some of the electricity the school uses.
“The Energy Office has already provided grants to six schools,” said Energy Office Directory Ginger Willson. “Wind turbines have been installed in small towns and urban areas – from Bancroft -Rosalie to Papillion- LaVista as well as Creighton and Norris. We’re hopeful four more schools want to add a turbine and learn more about wind energy as a renewable resource.”
Interested school staff members can quickly check wind speeds in their area with the Energy Office’s 30 meter wind speed maps at http://www.neo.ne.gov/renew/wind.htm .
The maps are zoomable, allowing viewers to get reliable and local wind speeds quickly. Another resource, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, is collecting real time wind production data from participating Wind for Schools turbines, including those in Nebraska. The deadline for applications is December 9th.
For more information and to sign up for the program, contact Jerry Hudgins, Director of the Nebraska Wind Applications Center, at 402‑472‑3771; firstname.lastname@example.org or Michaela Meismer, Nebraska Energy Office, at 402‑471‑3347; email@example.com prior to December 9, 2011.
These grants are being paid for with U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program/American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds received by the Nebraska Energy Office.