Virginia School Installs Wind Turbine with Recovery Act Support

February 14, 2011

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) joined with local and state leaders in Heathsville, Virginia to announce the first school in Virginia to participate in DOE's Wind for Schools project. Northumberland Middle and High School is participating in the Wind for Schools project through a $20,000 Recovery Act grant from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, funded by DOE's State Energy Program. Friday's ceremony included the installation of a 2.4-kilowatt wind turbine, which will be used as an educational aid while providing the school with clean, renewable energy. Northumberland Middle and High Schools' involvement in DOE's Wind for Schools project answers President Obama's call to improve and expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education nationwide, while encouraging the adoption of clean, renewable energy in communities.

Northumberland Middle and High School will work with nearby Rappahannock Community College and the Chesapeake Bay Governor's School to broaden the reach of the Wind for Schools projects in the state. Students from all three schools will be able to access data generated by the wind turbine. This will provide an opportunity for students to apply math and science concepts to practical applications and will help increase STEM literacy so that all students can learn and think critically in science, math, engineering, and technology. These classroom opportunities will also help prepare students to be leaders in America's clean energy future.

The Wind for Schools project, now active in 11 states nationwide, helps address the Nation's need for a skilled wind energy workforce that can support the expanding development and application of wind technologies.

The Wind for Schools project is funded through the Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program's Wind Powering America initiative. Wind Powering America promotes the responsible deployment of wind energy in the United States by building networks of experts and interested parties, engaging communities, and providing impartial technical information. For more information on the Wind for Schools project, visit the Wind Powering America website. For more information on the Department of Energy's efforts to advance wind energy, visit the Wind and Water Power Program website.