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Susitna Energy Systems to install 70-foot Skystream wind turbine at Anchorage’s Begich Middle School Monday, Feb. 27

Wind turbine installation is through the “Wind for Schools” program

Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday February 25, 2012 – Susitna Energy Systems owner Kirk Garoutte announced today that his alternative energy company will install a wind turbine at Begich Middle School Monday February 27th through the “Wind for Schools” program.

“This is an honor for our company, and the sixth installation done through “Wind for Schools” by Susitna Energy Systems in Alaska. We have installed wind turbines at schools in Juneau, Sitka, Palmer and Nome, and this will be the first for the program in Anchorage,” said Garoutte.

Saturday and Sunday, February 25th and 26th, a Susitna Energy Systems’ crew will clear the snow and ice on the footprint of where the Skystream 3.7 will be installed. “The wind turbine is rated at 2.4kW but can produce as much as 3.7 kW and will be connected to the school’s 3-phase power system,” said Garoutte. “The benefits range from education on alternative energy for the students and faculty, to energy and cost savings, so it’s a win-win for all involved including our community,” added Garoutte.

“Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is the State Facilitator for the Wind for Schools program in Alaska, and led the effort, along with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), to have Alaska added in 2010 to the list of 11 states accepted to this national program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America program. The program aims to provide hands-on science education for a wide range of ages, and provide workforce development opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in renewable energy.” (From: http://alaskarenewableenergy.org)

“Credit is due to science teacher Scott McKim at Begich Middle School and the Anchorage School District who were instrumental in facilitating the project, as well Southwest Windpower who provided the wind turbine at cost,” added Garoutte.

In 1997 Garoutte formed Susitna Energy Systems in Anchorage. Susitna Energy’s mission has long been to afford comfortable, reliable and cost-effective living to Alaskans through innovative and environmentally friendly alternative energy producing systems including wind, solar PV, solar thermal, and micro-hydro. Learn more about Susitna Energy Systems at susitnaenergy.com.

Find out more about the Wind for Schools program at windpoweringamerica.gov/schools/

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