Feds pushing Great Plains schools to explore wind power

TOPEKA — While Kansas may be slow to embrace its wind as an energy source, an unlikely group is pushing ahead — public schools.

This summer, five school districts will install small wind turbines. While the units won't produce much power, they will serve as a teaching tool for students and communities. It is part of a national initiative to pair wind turbines with schools in six states.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory selected Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota and Montana for the Wind for Schools program. Each state then selected three to five school districts a year to receive the turbines.

Officials chose states where there is a lot of wind but relatively little progress in harnessing it.

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