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Maine school wind project a finalist for Volvo international award

Maine school wind project a finalist for Volvo international award

A wind project spearheaded by students at a Maine high school is one of seven finalists in the international Volvo Adventure Awards.

The awards, sponsored by the Swedish multinational automaker and manufacturer, recognize projects that serve as solutions to an environmental problem. To receive the recognition, Camden Hills Regional High School deployed a Northwind Power Systems Northwind 100 (100 kW) turbine. In fact, many AWEA members may be familiar with the project—or soon will be, within the next few months—for it is featured in AWEA’s 2013 Calendar, with the above photo included on the September page (inset photo, on calendar grid). As the photo shows, just before the turbine was installed in March 2012, students signed the blades.

The project’s success happened thanks to the students’ hard work, ingenuity, and creativity. Case in point: Students helped raise over a half million dollars to fund the project and acquire all of the permits and approvals necessary to install the turbine.

The winning project in the Volvo Adventure awards receives $10,000, while second and third prizes are $6,000 and $4,000, respectively.

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Carl has been a part of the AWEA team since 2006. He brings both his expertise in communications as well as experience with the evolving wind energy industry to the job of overseeing AWEA's online and written publications including the Wind Energy Weekly, WINDPOWER Update, WINDPOWER Today, and various print materials. He has worked as a journalist in the energy industry as a staff writer for Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine and in the association sector as senior editor at Association Management magazine. He also has covered the home-building industry, where his areas of greatest interest were sustainable development and "smart growth," and has written articles for numerous other publications as a freelance writer. Carl received his B.A. from James Madison University and spent some time in New Orleans employed as a teacher as well as working with homeless youth.

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