GMP Partners with Students in Lowell on Wind Education
02 June 2015
Students & Teachers Use GMP Donated Wind Measuring Equipment for Innovative Learning
Colchester, VT… Green Mountain Power is pleased to announce that it has donated a tower to measure wind speed to students at the Lowell Graded School. The wind measuring equipment has enabled teachers to expand the science and math curriculum for students who are becoming “weather experts.” At an Open House scheduled for June 2, students will demonstrate what they have learned from this unique opportunity.
“I’ve been amazed to watch the students engage and learn from the meteorological tower that Green
Mountain Power gave the school,” said Anita Gagner, principal of Lowell Graded School. “GMP is a great neighbor, and it’s wonderful that we have a working wind farm in our community that can provide opportunities like this to help enhance our ability to teach science to our students.”
Green Mountain Power used the meteorological tower to measure wind speeds prior to building its
Kingdom Community Wind plant in Lowell. In addition to helping lower rates for customers, the 21
turbine plant continues to meet strict state environmental and sound standards, while also exceeding
power expectations, generating more than five percent above the forecast for the fiscal year, which
began October 1, 2014.
“We are thrilled to be able to be a part of the Lowell community and appreciate their strong support for
Kingdom Community Wind,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP spokesperson. “Donating the wind measuring equipment is a great way to bring the science and math to life for students.”
The sixth graders at Lowell Village School used the data from the met tower’s barometer to learn about how high and low air pressure is used to predict the weather. They also made their own versions of the weather instruments and compared the data they collected with the data from the met tower.
“The meteorological tower has greatly assisted in instructing the students on ways that weather changes affect activities and events in our everyday life. In this way, they can think about how weather has important consequences for all people in our communities. We are very appreciative of this
opportunity,” said Steve Mason, chair of the Lowell Graded School Board.
The met tower stands 45’ feet tall and is installed just outside the Lowell school. Renewable NRG of
Hinesburg donated parts and assisted GMP with equipment installation. Data from the tower includes
anemometers (wind speed sensors), wind direction sensors, as well as temperature, barometric
pressure, and relative humidity sensors. The students can retrieve the information from a data card at
the base of the tower, or they can receive it via email. Up to three people can receive the data daily and
forward it to the entire classroom.
The Open House begins at 6:00 pm at the Lowell Graded School and the public is welcome to attend.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.
Green Mountain Power, Dorothy Schnure, 802-655-8418 (w); 802-324-4418 (cell)