Northern Power Systems announces Wind for Schools

  • May 08, 2009
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May 8, 2009 – Northern Power Systems unveiled a Wind for Schools package that will help more schools produce their own wind power and engage their students and communities in realizing the benefits of renewable energy. The package outfits educational institutions with a Northwind 100 wind turbine, standards-based K-12 curriculum that is customized and linked to real-time turbine data and web-based access for students and community members.The Wind for Schools package arrives at a particularly critical juncture as schools in the United States face ballooning utility costs and look to take advantage of opportunities presented by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The bill provides over $2.5 billion in grants to help state and local governments fund their renewable energy projects via the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), and also authorizes an additional $1.6 billion in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs), which schools can take advantage along with various state and local incentive programs.“Our Northwind 100 is perfectly suited to meet the energy, aesthetic and budgetary requirements of schools and universities,” said Jim Stover, Vice President of Product Management at Northern Power Systems. “Now, with our comprehensive Wind for Schools package that includes a ready-made curriculum and other supporting products, we can give schools everything they need to save on electricity costs, improve environmental performance and educate a future generation of leaders on the dimensions of a green economy.” Across the country, elementary and secondary schools spend over $4.1 billion on energy and use over 50 billion kilowatt hours of electricity every year. At 100kW of rated power, a Northwind 100 can offset a large portion of the energy costs for an individual school with a turbine that is sleek, quiet and aesthetically suited to the community. More importantly, with Northern Power Systems’ new package, faculty can teach students the benefits of renewable energy, the value of environmental stewardship and the potential of exciting new career paths. “For Schools, the opportunity is not only to educate tomorrow’s leaders about energy and the environment, but also to gain real savings that can translate to teacher positions, arts programs, facility improvements and even other renewable energy projects,” stated Patricia Barry, Environmental Agent for the Medford Clean Energy Committee in Medford, MA. Similar school-based projects have been installed or planned at other educational institutions across the country such as:
  • Appalachian State College, North Carolina
  • Nature’s Classroom, Massachusetts
  • Wassau High School, Wisconsin
  • Richland Community College, Illinois
  • New England Tech, Rhode Island The Wind for Schools package, designed specifically to meet the permitting and budgetary needs of schools and communities, includes the following products and services:
  • Northwind 100 wind turbine: Northern Power Systems’ permanent magnet direct drive technology is recognized as an industry breakthrough.
  • Education Curriculum: Co-created by the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), this curriculum set outfits instructors and students with educational guides, kits to conduct hands-on activities and a custom curriculum designed to work specifically for use with Northern Power Systems’ Northwind 100 and StudentView program.
  • A complete set of monitoring and data acquisition tools chosen from Northern’s Smartview product family: *AdminView: monitoring, reporting and turbine control for administrators and facility managers. *datasets for use with the custom curriculum. *PublicView: real-time data and mini-trends, customized with your school’s logo and links that allow schools to share their success with the local community and other schools across the Internet.
  • Interactive Kiosk: A touch screen display for students and community members that highlights school-specific project work and serves as a focal point for field trips and events. About Northern Power SystemsNorthern Power Systems has over 30 years of experience in developing advanced, innovative wind turbines. In August 2008, Northern was established as stand-alone wind energy company when private investors acquired the business from Distributed Energy Systems (NASDAQ: DESCQ). A subsequent funding round in September 2008 brought the total available working capital to more than $40 million. The company’s next generation wind turbine technology is based on a vastly simplified architecture that utilizes a unique combination of permanent magnet generators and direct-drive design. This revolutionary new approach delivers higher energy capture, eliminates drive-train noise, and significantly reduces maintenance and downtime costs. The company currently manufactures the Northwind 100 turbine, designed specifically for community wind applications such as schools/universities, businesses, commercial farms, and municipalities. Next year, the company plans to launch a 2.2MW turbine into the utility-scale marketplace for wind farm applications. Northern Power Systems is a fully integrated company that designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines into the global marketplace from its headquarters in Vermont, USA. Learn More

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