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Eligibility

Any K-12 school in Kansas, including private schools, is eligible for a Wind for Schools turbine! Please note that we will favor districts without a turbine and districts far from existing WfS installations over those who already have one. Check the WAC site map to see where we already have turbines up or are working on installations. Questions?  E-mail windforschools@ece.ksu.edu.

 

School Requirements

We have five qualities we are looking for in applicant schools.  Experience suggests the best results will come where all of these qualities are met:

  1. Good wind: class 3 wind or better at 50m (6.4-7m/s), if possible.  See Kansas Wind Maps on the Kansas Energy Office website. The WAC can help determine expected energy production of different turbines you're considering, at your site. We have installed turbines at sites with less wind than this, based on other factors.
  2. An acceptable physical site: high and open, free of obstacles taller than one third to one half of the proposed turbine hub height within an area 5-10 turbine heights in radius, but less than 1000 ft (preferably less than 500ft) from a building using electricity all year long. For a Skystream on a 45-ft pole, this translates to: no buildings or trees taller than 30ft within a circle of radius 200ft.
  3. Community awareness and "pull": a local champion or two working hard on the ground, support from the local utility, school board, businesses, banks
  4. Administrative support at the school: from principal and site council
  5. Science teacher willing and able to incorporate the turbine into school curriculum, with our assistance

Turbine Options

Up to now Kansas WfS has only installed the 2.4kW Skystream turbine. With the assistance we can provide, the school should only pay $2000-$4000 out of pocket--an amount the turbine should generate in electricity over 5-10 years. Dealers for three other turbines have contacted us this year: the Airdolphin GTO, the Raum 3.5, and the Evance R9000.

  • The Skystream 3.7 is a 3-bladed 2.4-kW unit by Southwest Windpower with 5-ft blades, generating about $300 in electricity per year.  The manufacturer website includes a wind estimation map too.
  • The Airdolphin GTO is a 1.1 kW turbine with 3 ft blades. It will generate around $150 worth of electricity in a year. For more information, visit the Zephyr website at: http://www.zephyreco.co.jp/en/products/product/air-dolphin_gto/
  • The Raum 3.5 is a 3.5 kW turbine with 5 blades that are each about 6 ½ ft long. It will generate around $500 or $600 worth of electricity in a year. For more information, visit the Raum website at: http://www.raumenergy.com/turbine3kw.html
  • Finally, the Evance R9000 is a 5 kilowatt turbine with 9 ft blades. It will generate around $1000 worth on electricity in a year. Information on the Evance R9000 can be found at: http://www.evancewind.com/products/overview/evance-r9000

You should consider in your proposal which turbine you'd like; we will work with the accepted schools and with our grantor Westar Energy to make the final decision. Westar will likely not be able to fully support an Evance because of its significantly higher cost, but a school with other resources and good wind might like to consider it.

While we will be happy to provide siting help and general assistance with a turbine other than these, we will not be able to provide complete financial assistance for larger machines. Please contact us directly if you are serious about pursuing a larger turbine. A larger turbine will usually pay back more quickly and will rank higher in energy produced and greenhouse gases prevented, but it will also cost more up front.

 

Cost

The cost to install each of the turbines listed above is approximately:

  • Airdolphin GTO: $13,000
  • Skystream 3.7: $22,000
  • Raum 3.5: $25,000
  • Evance R9000: $40,000

Costs for purchase and installation of the Skystream turbine are available on the Cost Estimates page. Please note that the manufacturer offers a significant discount for schools.  For larger turbines, the WAC can refer you to distributors and manufacturers. For reference, a 50-kW turbine costs about $200,000 installed, while a 100-kW turbine costs about $500,000. Contact turbine manufacturers for their advice on whether your site will work and for their cost estimates.

 

 

 

 

WAC Assistance

While the Wind for Schools program is NOT an outright grant, Westar Energy is providing significant financial support to schools in this next round. We hope to provide most of the purchase and installation cost of a small wind turbine for education to up to ten schools over the next two years. As before, the Kansas Energy Office has agreed to give five schools $1000 in 2011-12.

The WAC will also provide additional assistance. We will review your turbine site and help you select the best spot. We will use local weather data and wind maps to estimate a turbine's annual energy production, and advise on which turbine may work best for you depending on your particular resources, needs and priorities. We will work with your local utility and other local contractors to help everyone learn about and understand how a wind turbine installation is done. Finally, we will help you find curriculum materials for teaching, help you set up the turbine to log data to your local computer network, and also log your turbine's data to our state and national databases, so you can compare your turbine's energy production to that of others in Kansas and across the nation.

 

Due Date

Proposals for Wind-for-Schools Round 5 (2011-12) are due to the WAC by 15 November, 2011. Electronic submission is good, but we will take CD or paper if that is easier. Please note that photographs are good, but do not copy well on paper, so should probably be sent in electronic form. If this deadline is a hardship contact us and we will see what we can do.

 

Proposal Information

The 2011 Call for Proposals may be downloaded here. It requests the information below:

  1. Name/Location of School/USD#/contact information/website
  2. Person submitting the proposal with contact information
  3. Description of the school property:
    • available site at least 200 ft from buildings and trees but within 1000 ft of a building using electricity year-round
    • high and open area with plenty of wind
    • 70' x 70' square footprint for guyed tower, 6' x 6' for monopole tower
    • consideration for neighbors and school children: what do you want to see?
    • any zoning or permitting requirements to which the school may be subject
    • photographs of the site and building wiring are helpful.
  4. Who will support the project? Formal letters are appreciated.
    • principal, superintendent and school board support
    • local community support: electricians, equipment suppliers, bank(s), local companies willing to chip in
    • utility support: have you discussed your project with your local utility?  A letter of support is good. EXCEPTION: if your utility is Westar, it is already prepared to help and asks that you not contact its staff directly.
  5. How do you plan to incorporate the turbine into your teaching?
    • Science and/or math teacher(s) who will be using the turbine
    • Use of NEED, KidWind, WindWise or other materials