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Gloucester schools eligible to apply for wind turbine, solar panels

K-12 public schools and educational nonprofit institutions in 14 localities in Eastern Virginia, including Gloucester, are eligible to receive a micro wind turbine as well as solar panels and energy storage batteries through Dominion Energy’s Wind for Students program.

Through a grant to the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, two schools or educational institutions will be selected to receive an ARIS Remote Power Unit, which consists of a 30-foot-tall micro wind turbine, solar panels and two 12-volt energy storage batteries. An online data display also will be available to show the installation’s output.

Applications for the Wind for Students program will be accepted through March 20, and the winning schools or institutions will be selected in late April. To be selected, an applicant’s site must be evaluated for technical feasibility, including space for the installation, access to wind resources, soil type, safet...

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