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Monday, April 26, 2010

Outdoor Renewable Energy Learning Center open for green energy lessons

From an article by Keith Uhlig in the Wausau Daily Herald:

Students, educators, environmentalists and public officials gathered on Earth Day to dedicate the area's first Outdoor Renewable Energy Learning Center.

The Wausau School District's center at East High School includes a 100-kilowatt wind turbine, with another, smaller one in the works, and two solar power systems.

Students at East already have been using the systems for hands-on learning about alternative energy, and the plan is to have students and teachers from throughout the region use the facility to augment classroom lessons.

"This is the perfect place to be on Earth Day," said Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, keynote speaker at the ceremony.

Lawton said the center will help students position themselves as leaders in a green energy surge in America, a crucial step toward energy independence and a strong economy.

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