Mass. High School Gets A Wind Turbine

[Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story, plus a lack of coffee, ended up in reporting this was a Maine high school. Actually it is a high school in Massachusetts. EarthTechling regrets the error.]

Forget the bake sale. This high school project is slated to free up an extra $30,000 a year, every year, as long as the wind in Massachusetts is blowing.

Alteris Renewables, Inc, a top cleantech company in the Northeast, recently announced that it’s helping Nantucket High School with the design and installation of a 100 kilowatt wind turbine at its campus.  This 156-foot turbine is expected to generate more than 10 percent of the high school’s electric demand.

Northwind 100

image via Alteris Renewables Inc.

Dubbed the Northwind 100 project, this Northern Power Systems turbine was funded through a collaboration of Students for Sustainability, MassCEC (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – formally MRET), National Grid,  the Schmidt Family Foundation and various community-minded Nantucket businesses.

“The Northwind 100 installation has provided our students, facility, and community a valuable insight to community scale wind development,” said Dave Kanyok, interim Facilities Director for Nantucket Public Schools, in a statement.  “We at the Nantucket Public Schools are very excited about the educational and financial benefits of our new wind turbine.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • k

      Nantucket is in Massachusetts, not Maine.