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Iowa Schools Use Wind Power

Several Iowa schools learned a lesson about lessening their energy bills by installing wind turbines. The clean, efficient generators help schools save money and contribute to the classrooms as well.

Forest City
In Forest City, students track their turbine’s power output by connecting directly to their turbine’s computer system. Classes can track wind speeds and collect data on correlating energy outputs. The energy output from the Forest City turbine covers 70-80% of the school’s energy needs. A student report generated the interest in installing the Forest City turbine.

Students at Akron-Westfield School also helped to start a wind project going. Twenty students were chosen to assist in the analysis, schematic design, construction documentation, and construction administration of the wind turbine. The group of students, and their mentors from the engineering firm that handled the project, were nationally recognized for their project.