Northumberland County first to install Wind for Schools turbine
Last Friday, the Northern Neck’s Northumberland County schools became the first in Virginia to install a wind turbine under the federally funded-funded Wind for Schools Program. WCVE Northern Neck Correspondent Pamela D'Angelo reports.
The 55-foot wind turbine will be used to educate children about wind energy development.
Students will partner with the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, James Madison University and the Rappahannock Community College, collecting data and sending it to the national Wind for School database in Utah.
A grant from the state’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy provided full funding for the $20,000 project.
Ken Jurman, an official with DMME, was there to watch the raising of the turbine on Friday.
Jurman: There's gonna be jobs for you in the future, in the wind fields, in the solar fields, other clean renewable energy technologies and middle school is the place to start. Middle school is where the seeds for future careers are often planted.
This is Pamela D’Angelo for WCVE News in Heathsville.