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by Heather Philipp on 05/18/2009
Our School Power program supports clean energy on U.S. school campuses.
Renewable Choice is committed to offering innovative solutions to today's pressing energy concerns. We are also committed to educating people about the value of wind power development. Renewable Choice and our customers have had the opportunity to support wind energy development on school campuses. These projects involved installing 50 kilowatt turbines on school campuses across America. Some of the benefits to such programs include:
- Bringing domestically-produced, pollution-free electricity to schools
- Helping generate more money toward education instead of energy bills; the schools' electricity costs can be reduced by as much as 30 percent
- Educating and inspiring students and the community about the benefits of renewable energy
- Making a meaningful connection to schools and their communities
"Initially, we decided to invest in wind turbines as a solution for freeing up funding to continue participating in a successful federal reading program. With the project now operating, it has not only provided over $70,000 in energy savings, it has also become a powerful learning tool that is engaging our students, opening their minds and creating unique opportunities such as guest speaker engagements and a partnership with Texas Tech. This investment is helping us, a fiscally challenged school system, offer our students valuable programs they need to be competitive as well as learning experiences that don't have a price tag."
~ Phil Warren, Superintendent, Shallowater Independent School District
We have helped install wind power turbines in the following U.S. school districts:
- Springlake Earth School District (Earth, TX) Turbines: 2
Sustainable electricity to help power after school educational programs like STEM-G (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and geography) which extends beyond the classroom and allows students to explore exciting career fields.
- Morton School District (Morton, TX) Turbines: 1
Clean electricity for Morton High School's boys varsity basketball team who in 2005 won not only the state championship but the state cup as well.
- Crosbyton School District (Crosbyton, TX) Turbines: 2
Lower electricity bills to help offset the cost of a new 6-lane running track, concession stand and restroom facilities at the football stadium.
- Shallowater School District (Shallowater, TX) Turbines: 5
A higher budget for technology in the classroom; providing teachers with laptop computers, projectors, and Interwrite Pads (wireless tablets that teachers use to interact with their computers) for classroom use.
- Dawson School District (Welch, TX) Turbines: 1
Wind Power to carry the Dawson Dragons on their educational journey. After all, to breathe fire, you must have oxygen.
- Quinter High School (Quinter, KS) Turbines: 1
Lower utility bills means more money to lease new MAC computers for their computer lab.
- Moscow Public Schools (Moscow, KS) Turbines: 1
For this small town of only 247 people, onsite wind power generation will play a crucial role in the daily operations of the High School.
How you can support wind power on school campuses:
Sales from Renewable Choice's GREEN YOUR PHONE contribute directly to School Power. Available through our partnership with Best Buy, GREEN YOUR PHONE wind power offsets retail for $10 each for two phones at all Best Buy Mobile locations and online. Visit Best Buy Mobile Green Your Phone now.
Sponsorships are available either through purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) from School Power projects or through direct infrastructure investments. Sponsorships provide corporations a meaningful connection with youth, education and community-development and often include tax benefits for their financial commitment.
Interested in sponsoring a School Power project? Contact a wind power sales representative in your area for more details.