Wind Energy Comes to GCC
The ACE Department and GCC have partnered with three area high schools (Batavia, Alexander and Pavilion) to bring wind energy to the campus. Federal Title II (Tech Prep) and Title I funds were used to purchase a wind turbine that has been installed on the roof. While this turbine will generate electricity for GCC it will mainly be used by the local high schools and Genesee Community College for science and engineering instruction. The turbine will be much smaller than many windmills, standing at only 70 feet. The Batavia Campus was identified as an ideal location for the turbine since it is believed to be the windiest location in Genesee County.
The turbine will generate a variety of wind and meteorological data that will be transmitted to a computer housed at the Batavia Campus. Students will use and analyze the data as part of their educational programs. In addition to the GCC and ACE science classes at least two of the high schools are developing Career and Technical Education courses that would specifically include use of the wind turbine. Hundreds of students will directly benefit from the equipment each year.
In addition to its small size, the wind turbine is very quiet, rated with a noise level of 35 decibels, which is softer than a typical conversation. One side benefit of the wind turbine is that will generate about 1,500 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, which will slightly decrease the College’s electricity bill.
Besides supporting educational programs, the wind turbine reflects the State University of New York’s system-wide commitment to an “energy smart” New York.