DOE/NREL Select Five Additional States to Recieve $60K for Wind for Schools Project

January 20, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have selected five additional states to each receive approximately $60,000 per year for three years for activities supporting Wind Powering America's Wind for Schools project.  These awards will provide universities, state institutions, and nongovernmental organizations with funding and technical support to develop educational programs that improve understanding of wind technology and its implementation using the successful Wind for Schools model.  The university leads on the selected projects are Appalachian State University (North Carolina), James Madison University (Virginia), Northern Arizona University, Penn State University, and University of Alaska.

The Wind for Schools project, part of DOE’s Wind Powering America outreach and education initiative, supports wind energy educational programs at universities and primary and secondary schools.  By targeting students, the activities selected to be funded address one of the major challenges for the wind energy industry identified in the DOE 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report: the need for a skilled workforce to support the expanded development and application of wind technologies. Launched in 2005, DOE’s Wind for Schools project previously supported projects across six states; today's selection brings the total to 11 states.  Projects are expected to begin in Fiscal Year 2010 and last for approximately 3 years.