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. Five turbines were installed on the coast at JP Knapp, Cape Hatteras Secondary, First Flight School, College of the Albemarle - Dare, & College of the Albemarle in Edenton . The Wind for Schools program also offers workshops, webinars, and assistance in educating teachers and students about renewable energy.
For more information, please visit the OpenEI WfS portal.
Watauga County Wind for Schools
Located just minutes from the Wind Application Center, the Watauga High School wind turbine was the 7th installed in North Carolina in 2011 through Wind for Schools. On December 14th, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held with Boone mayor Loretta Clawson, students from Miss Chestnut and Ms. Sheets' classes, representitives from Sundance Power Systems, Watauga High and Wind Application Center staff in attendance. Like all of our partnering schools, we are working with Watauga K-12 teachers to develop grade appropriate curriculum related to renewable energy.