Central High’s Turbine Installed

Posted: November 24, 2012

WOODSTOCK - After three years of planning, a permanent wind turbine was installed on the front lawn of Central High School this week.
Jeremy Raley, finance director for Shenandoah County Public Schools, said representatives from the James Madison University Virginia Center for Wind Energy served as advisers on the project and helped with the design of the 61-foot tower.
The $25,000 project was paid in part with funding from the Moore Educational Trust.
“They also helped us with all the zoning and permitting paperwork, and will continue to be involved as we [use the tower] in the education process,” he said.
Central High School’s turbine marks the third constructed as a part of the JMU Wind for Schools program. The fourth, at Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg, also was erected this week.
Raley said that the turbine at the Woodstock school will generate around enough energy to power one classroom, though generating energy was not the main goal of the project.
“It will reduce electric bills a little, but mainly it’s just an educational tool,” he said. “[The turbine] is really to educate our students regarding wind energy and using it as a sustainable energy source.”
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