People often ask what the secret is to a successful solar or wind project at a school. One huge factor is peer to peer assistance. Scott Saffer of Prairie Central Junior High shared information and conducted a tour of his wind turbine for Mark Eighner and Curt Spaur of the Hoopeston School District. Hoopeston just received a wind grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation so Mark and Curt came over to see Scott about suggestions and guidance. The spirit of cooperation and working together helps make new projects more likely to be successful.
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On August 28th, Elmwood CUSD #322 cut the ribbon on its 3.7 Skystream wind turbine at its Jr/Sr High School at 301 West Butternut Street in Elmwood, Illinois. The turbine is rated at 2.4 kW.
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation provided a $40,000 grant to help offset 90% of the cost of the wind turbine project. Western Illinois University provided support for the data system. The project will appear on the IllinoisWindSchools.org web site in September.
The wind turbine is being used as a teaching tool at both the Jr/Sr High School and the elementary school.
The event was held at Whitney Field and included students, faculty, some guest speakers elected officials, as well as a local TV station. The event started at 9 :00 am and including a formal ribbon cutting.
Roger Alvey, the District Superintendent, hosted the event that included Steve Smith from the Farnsworth Group (Consultant), teachers Todd Hollis (Elmwood High School) and Cindy Alcaraz (Elmwood Jr High School), Dick Taylor of the City of Elmwood, Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood serving the 37th District, and Glen Kizer representing Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.
The wind generated electricity is being monitored so that the students at both schools will be able to see how much electricity is being produced by the turbine.