More than 80 schools across the United States have installed some type of wind turbine to generate their power, and now a program called Wind for Schools is aiming to bring smaller turbines to six states, USA Today reports: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is the first program to use smaller turbines with a mission of educating students and the community about wind power, says Ian Baring-Gould, senior engineer in a wind technology center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. In Faith, S.D., home to one of the schools hoping to build a small wind turbine in the next few years, a fierce wind blows across the plains most days. Angela King, who teaches science in grades 7 to 12 in Faith, believes a turbine will give students learning about wind energy the chance to "see it happening, rather than just reading it in a book." Much of the first year of the three-year program has been spent identifying schools hoping to participate; South Dakota, for instance, announced its eight school districts over the summer, says Steve Kolbeck, a state public utilities commissioner. About five schools in Kansas have the turbines, and schools in Montana, Idaho and South Dakota are now preparing sites and will have them installed during this school year, Baring-Gould says. The program’s goal is to add wind turbines at about five schools per year in each state, for a total of about 30 per year overall…

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