ACEP to Lead Alaska Wind for Schools Program
Fairbanks, Alaska-The Alaska Center for Energy and Power will lead a new
Wind for Schools program in Alaska under a grant from the U.S.
Department of Energy.
Alaska is one of five new Wind for Schools states, bringing the total
number of participating states to 11. The national program offers
hands-on science education to children and college students. ACEP, part
of the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska
Fairbanks, will work with program partners Renewable Energy Alaska
Project and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
"This is a phenomenal opportunity to get Alaska's kids involved with
community issues around the state and challenge them to be excited about
science and energy," said Katherine Keith, ACEP's wind coordinator. "The
K-12 program leads directly into the community college and university
components of the program, where students can participate in
cutting-edge research projects while learning about applied energy in
the state of Alaska."
The university will offer a college-level wind energy curriculum and
provide job placement opportunities for students. These students will
then help deliver the K-12 curriculum and help communities install wind
turbines at their schools.
In November, Alaska installed its first school turbine at Sherrod
Elementary in Palmer. The turbine is being used to teach students about
science and energy. In addition, several utility-scale wind systems are
now operating throughout the state, along with numerous residential wind
systems and businesses that cater to wind power generation.
The Wind for Schools program will also address the wind industry's need
for a skilled workforce to support the expanded development and
application of wind technologies. ACEP and its partners are planning to
expand the program to 10 Alaska schools over the next year and are also
seeking funding through the state's Renewable Energy Fund and other