Mt Edgecumbe High School
Mt. Edgecumbe High School and the U.S. Coast Guard have installed the Skystream 3.7 wind turbine at the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple Moorings facility, which is located on Japonski Island next to the campus of Mt. Edgecumbe High School. The turbine was installed in December 2010 and was the second in Alaska for the Coast Guard and the third in the state for the growing Wind for schools in Alaska program.
Math and Physics teacher Matt Hunter was the impetus behind the project, which started after he saw a newspaper advertisement for the Wind for Schools program. His efforts quickly snowballed with the admirable collection of agencies, businesses, and groups pulling together to donate their time, money and services.
For Mt. Edgecumbe, the turbine will provide limitless educational opportunities for students. For the Coast Guard, the turbine will provide a portion of the electrical power for the facility and provide important information for future renewable energy efforts.
For more information on the project and installation, please read the following articles and press releases:
This project was possible due to the generosity of numerous sponsors! Mt. Edgecumbe High School donated $4,000, the City of Sitka Electrical Department donated $5,000 and the Coast Guard donated use of the turbine worth approximately $8,000 and costs of electric interconnection. Southwest Windpower gave 40% off the cost of the tower and foundation, Lynden Cargo gave free shipping and REAP gave $1,000 toward the turbine costs. Sponsors include:
- Mt. Edgecumbe High School
- U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple and Civil Engineering Unit Juneau
- City of Sitka Electric Department
- Renewable Energy Alaska Project
- Susitna Energy
- Southwest Wind Power
- Lynden Transport
- Sitka Ready Mix
- Jacobs Construction