Renewable energy curriculum on the horizon for District 51
By Kathleen Goddeyne
School District 51 has been making strides to offer the best education for years. Yet again, the district has come up with an innovative way to prepare students for both the real world and the working world.
The Mesa County Workforce Center has been working toward using renewable energy with solar panels and the most recent addition of a wind turbine. Although the classroom portion of the process hasn’t begun just yet, educators are working toward a goal of educating students on the use of renewable energy sources.
The solar panels and wind turbine will provide performance data for students to analyze once the program is up and running.
“Unfortunately, on the Western Slope, we don’t have consistent wind, so we wrote our grant application to focus on education,” said School District 51 Energy Manager, Eric Anderson. “We paid nothing and we still had remaining funds for the wind turbine.”
Although the program isn’t in place just yet, Anderson, who had the vision for the learning program, hopes that this will train students before they go out into the working world.