Wind for Schools Adds Funding in Five States

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and DOE’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program announced the selection of five additional states to each receive approximately US $60,000 in funding per year for three years for activities supporting Wind Powering America’s Wind for Schools project.

These awards will provide universities, state institutions, and non-governmental organizations funding and technical support that will be used to develop educational programs to improve understanding of wind technology and its implementation using the successful Wind for Schools model.

The university leads on the selected projects are Appalachian State University, James Madison University, Northern Arizona University, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Alaska.

The Wind for Schools project, part of DOE’s Wind Powering America outreach and education initiative, supports wind energy education programs at universities as well as primary and secondary schools. Launched in 2005, DOE’s Wind for Schools project previously supported activities across six states and this award announcement brings that total to 11 states.

NREL, with direct funding from DOE, received 25 qualified applications from the request for proposals to expand Wind for Schools activities issued on October 23, 2009. Proposals were evaluated first on qualitative merit, including criteria such as strength of the activity’s description, programmatic priorities, and whether the applicant has arranged for sharing of the activity’s costs. Projects are expected to begin in Fiscal Year 2010 and last for approximately three years.

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