March 21, 2005
Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854; firstname.lastname@example.org
MCKEEVER ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER TO
INSTALL WINDMILL FOR PRODUCING ELECTRICITY, LESSONS ON CLEAN
SANDY LAKE, Pa. – McKeever
Environmental Learning Center has received a $34,154 state grant to
install an electricity-producing windmill and launch an exhibit
explaining alternative energy sources to visitors, including
students from across western Pennsylvania.
SlipperyRock University administers
McKeever, a 205-acre educational setting providing earth education,
student teaching and business retreat
received an Energy Harvest Grant from the Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection to install the 10-kilowatt windmill
this summer, said Kelly Burch, DEP’s northwest regional
director. In addition to the educational aspect, energy from the
wind turbine will power the center’s maintenance building and
a second structure.
Center is visited by 10,000 people each year,” he said. "The
wind turbine will act as a demonstration project, a visual and
functional exhibit that will explain wind power and how energy can
be produced from sustainable sources."
Gov. Edward G. Rendell launched the Energy
Harvest Grant Program in 2003 to provide financing for clean and
renewable energy projects built from sources such as wind, solar,
small-scale hydroelectric, landfill methane and coal-bed methane,
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education owns McKeever. SRU
and several other institutions send student teachers there for
experience in working with children. McKeever has cabins, trails,
educational buildings and outdoor learning labs.