Welcome to the NC Wind Energy Site

Today, WIND POWER is more affordable, efficient, and accessible than ever before and North Carolina has outstanding wind resources that are shared with only a fraction of the rest of the nation. Wind power is an excellent option for North Carolina homes, farms, businesses, schools, and utilities interested in producing clean, independent electricity. Please explore this site to learn more about what groups and individuals are doing in the state to harvest wind power.

Wind For Schools

The Wind for Schools program, sponsored by the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, aims to install small scale wind turbines for educational use at schools throughout North Carolina. The program encourages the incorporation of renewable energy education into the K-12 science curriculum. Appalachian State installed four turbines in 2011 at schools in the mountains including Alleghany High, Avery High, Watauga High, & North Wilkes Middle.

North Carolina KidWind Student Challenge

KidWind NC 2018 High School Students


The 2018 NC KidWind challenge was held on February 3, 2018 at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute Campus site located in Wanchese, North Carolina.

The event was a great success, thank you all for the support! 


What is the KidWind Challenge?

The KidWind Challenge seeks to engage students in the opportunities and challenges of a wind-powered society. Student teams that participate in the Challenge will construct a wind turbine that they test in a wind tunnel, document and present their research and construction process, understand the consequences of how we generate and consume energy, and engage in a variety of instant challenges to gauge their on-the-spot engineering and problem-solving skills.

Who can enter?

There are two divisions in the KidWind Challenge, a 4-8 grade division and a 9-12 grade division. In both divisions, teams will construct and bring a fully built turbine to the Challenge to compete against other turbines in the wind tunnel. The day will also be filled with tours and talks about renewable energy, it's impact on North Carolina, and exciting careers in these emerging fields.

Team Incentives and Prizes

Special Incentives for Coaches!
Last year the first 10 coaches to register at least one team were eligible for turbine materials and funding to offset costs. Please stay tuned for this year's incentives as funding becomes available.

Student Prizes!
Top performers in each division will receive prizes, the pride of being North Carolina Champions and the opportunity to move on to the National KidWind competition.

KidWind Challenge Date

Saturday, February 3, 2018
10:00AM - 3:00PM
Optional Open Testing Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM

KidWind Challenge Location

UNC Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345 Highway
Wanchese, NC 27981

Additional KidWind Challenge Information

Visit www.kidwindchallenge.org for more information about the Challenge and its impact.

For more information, please contact:

David Sybert
K-12 Education Specialist
UNC Coastal Studies Institute

Christin Brown
Education Curator
Jennette's Pier at Nags Head

Leah Bug
KidWind Wind Senator
Education Consultant


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