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Wind Turbine Project

This wind project is the result of an open partnership among Towns County Schools, Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Cooperative (BRMEMC) and the Georgia Wind Working Group to implement a wind power renewable energy project at the Towns County School Campus.

The Towns County School system houses the K-12 program (elementary, middle and high school) on one campus which allows every student in the county immediate access to the project. Through a series of meetings, the partnership identified a viable site on the campus for one 2.4 kW (60’ monopole) wind turbine. The visible construction and subsequent working renewable energy project will be used to introduce Towns County students, other students at internet linked sister schools, community members and regional policy makers to the wide array of applicable renewable energy applications for the North Georgia region. The project will also benefit a renewable energy business in the region and showcase their expertise.

The wind turbine is mounted on the northern portion of the school property near the ridge line. The turbine site is directly adjacent to the school’s softball field, is ADA accessible and will enhance the learning experience for students, faculty and visitors. It is funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority provided National Energy Education Development (NEED) support in the form of teacher training.

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L-R: Mr. Sonny Mahan, BRMEMC and Dr. Richard Behrens, Towns County School Superintendent, watch as the Wind Turbine is elevated to its foundation. (June 2010)

Elementary students study the wind turbine.