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The Answer is Blowin' In the Wind

posted on September 8, 2006

Students in Minnesota may have an opportunity to get an education and make a few dollars for their school. In a cooperative effort between several Minnesota school districts and Johnson Controls, a wind farm is being established for the generation of both power and revenue. According to Mike Pieper, Johnson Controls spokesman, the schools want to bring math and science to students in a way that has positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes.

Johnson Controls, an automotive systems and building environmental control company, will fund the development costs of the wind generators. Once the wind mills are constructed, the schools will be reimbursed for construction through the sale of the electric power. So far, 14 Minnesota school districts have signed on to in a plan that gives the schools cooperative ownership. There are six sites in southern Minnesota being considered for the location of the windmill compound.

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