FPL Energy has pledged $10,000 to support the South Dakota Wind for Schools program, according to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). FPL Energy joins Babcock & Brown and Iberdrola Renewables in providing funds to defray some construction expenses associated with installing small wind turbines at schools participating in the program.
FPL Energy owns and operates the South Dakota Wind Energy Center in Hyde County. The 27-turbine project was the state's first commercial wind farm when it began operating in 2003.
‘We are grateful to FPL Energy for their generous support of the Wind for Schools program,’ says PUC Chairman Gary Hanson. ‘It's clear that we have a very strong wind energy industry in South Dakota.’
Eight school districts are participating in the Wind for Schools program. The 1.8 kW turbines and accompanying science curriculum are intended to provide hands-on alternative energy education to students.
SOURCE: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission