Chicago, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Northern Power Systems Inc. has unveiled a wind energy for schools package that will help more schools produce their own wind power and engage their students and communities in realizing the benefits of renewable energy. Announced this week at WINDPOWER 2009, the package outfits educational institutions with a Northwind 100 wind turbine, standards-based K-12 curriculum that is customized and linked to real-time turbine data and web-based access for students and community members.
“Our Northwind 100 is perfectly suited to meet the energy, aesthetic and budgetary requirements of schools and universities,” said Jim Stover, vice president of Product Management at Northern Power Systems. “Now, with our comprehensive Wind for Schools package that includes a ready-made curriculum and other supporting products, we can give schools everything they need to save on electricity costs, improve environmental performance and educate a future generation of leaders on the dimensions of a green economy.”
Across the country, elementary and secondary schools spend more than US $4.1 billion on energy and use over 50 billion kilowatt hours of electricity every year. At 100 kilowatts (kW) of rated power, a Northwind 100 can offset a large portion of the energy costs for an individual school.
RenewableEnergyWorld.com caught up with John Danner, CEO of Northern Power Systems at WINDPOWER. Danner said that the wind for schools package is a large part of the company’s business moving forward. The company also plans to scale its 100-kW magnetic direct drive technology up to the 2-megawatt level in the next 18 months. Check back with us in the next few weeks to hear more about Northern Power.