Renewable Energy Education Program
Puget Sound Energy’s Renewable Energy Education Program ("REEP," formerly the Solar Schools Program) was created to promote solar photovoltaic and small wind demonstration projects at educational facilities.
Since 2008, PSE has provided funds for 24 photovoltaic and one wind turbine demonstration project located at schools and educational entities in eight western Washington counties. See the website featuring these schools and other projects sponsored by our Green Power Program:
» Go to PSE's Solar 4R Schools page
In 2012, PSE closed the REEP grant program to focus on wind energy education, providing opportunities for students to delve into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) complexities of wind power. PSE sponsored an event for grades 4 through 12 in Kittitas County in the spring of 2012 and 2013. In both years approximately 120 students packed the Fluke Interdisciplinary Lab at Central Washington University’s Hogue Hall to test their wind turbine designs in a wind tunnel built by the KidWind Project, an international education organization that has trained more than 7,000 teachers and impacted more than 500,000 students in over 40 states since 2004.
In both years the same team won first place with a very similar looking turbine. However, with rigorous testing and design optimization this team’s 2013 turbine produced more than twice the power of their 2012 first place turbine.
Funding for REEP is no longer available. Please contact Micah Haman, Customer Renewable Energy Program Manager at 425-456-2992 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions or if you are aware of co-funding opportunities for KidWind Challenge events. PSE owns the wind tunnel and we have a limited number of student turbine kits for future events.