In 2015, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and NEED partnered to bring Virginia schools, museums, and educational institutions the Dominion Energy Solar for Students program that installs photovoltaic installations and provides hands-on solar kits and teacher workshops. Over the last several years 34 schools and educational institutions across Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have received solar installations.
As the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project advances, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and NEED are working together to bring curriculum, teacher training and hands-on kits to Virginia’s schools. In 2022, New Horizons Regional Education Centers (Newport News, VA) and Ocean View Elementary (Norfolk, VA) were selected to receive a micro-wind turbine installation that also includes solar and storage. Installation is planned for 2023.
The installation will be an ARIS Remote Power Unit (RPU) similar to the ones pictured below:
Dominion Energy Wind for Students Program provides:
- An ARIS RPU described as “A renewable off-grid lighting solution with the power, efficiency & reliability to work in a wide range of environments & remote locations. The off-grid RPU is the natural choice for providing reliable, independent lighting on roadways, walkways, parking lots and recreation areas.”
- Renewable and storage technology included:
- Wind Power
- Rated power output 300w
- Rated wind speed 9 m/s (20 mph)
- Cut in wind speed 2 m/s (4.5 mph)
- Height of tower: Approximately 30 feet
- Solar Power
- 1 or 2 mono or polycrystalline panel
- 250w per panel
- (2) 12v batteries for 24v storage
- Capacity: 150/200/230 amp hour
- An online monitoring tool, to provide real-time data on the system’s activity and the amount of electricity generated.
- An online data display to show teachers, students, parents, and school visitors the output of the system.
- Wind Energy training for classroom teachers and personnel at the school or institution.
- Standards of Learning, State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned wind curriculum and hands-on kits that will teach students how wind energy works and how energy, the environment and economics are all part of energy decision making.
- A Celebration to cut the ribbon and showcase the institution’s new installation for the local community.
- Connections to other Wind for Students program participants to share data, partner on projects and expand learning.
For more info on the ARIS system.
- K-12 public schools or educational non-profit institutions served by Dominion Energy Virginia with STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) programming in following Virginia localities: Virginia Beach, Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Gloucester, Poquoson, York County, James City County, Williamsburg, and Surry County.
- Schools and institutions that have full support from their board and leadership for both the installation of the micro-wind turbine installation, as well as curriculum and teacher training. For schools this includes school board, superintendent and school administration.
- Teaching staff who are committed to teaching students about the value of wind energy and exploring energy in class, monitoring the data from the installation, and integrating a deeper understanding of energy into the institution.
- Please note: To be selected to receive a micro-wind turbine installation, an applicant’s site must be evaluated for technical feasibility. Before final selection decisions are made, site visits will take place to evaluate technical feasibility including space of installation area, access to wind resources, soil type, safety, and security.
Please Note: It is important to have the support and approval from the entire school or institution team, so before submitting the application, please share this information with relevant teams at your school or institution, such as your principal and facilities team.
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