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The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has selected eight schools in South Dakota to participate in the inaugural launch of the Wind for Schools program. Selected school districts include Douglas, Sanborn Central, Faith, Selby, Aberdeen, Elkton and Stanley. Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls also was selected.

One school in each selected district will receive a 1.8 kW turbine and specific curricula, and each project will be supported by a partnering electric utility.

"One of the main goals of the Wind for Schools program is to provide tools that will enable wind energy education at all levels," says PUC Chairman Gary Hanson. "This is a tremendous opportunity for our state's teachers and students to build a fundamental knowledge of wind energy and form an interest in professional careers, such as electrical and mechanical engineering and renewable energy."

Wind for Schools is a national outreach program initiated by Wind Powering America, a component of the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

SOURCE: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

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