Black Oak Wind Farm Community Research Program
A new course that includes practical wind-farm research and design, as well as gauging local community needs and disseminating information.
New York state’s first community-owned wind farm is being built fewer than 15 miles from the Cornell campus in Ithaca, giving faculty and students the unique opportunity to design and conduct a range of research projects in this emerging industry. In a new course, students work on pre-construction planning, construction and post-construction operation of the wind farm. They also participate in a process of iterative engagement with Black Oak Wind Farm, local residents and school students to disseminate project results and gauge the needs of those stakeholders to inform future course activities. This course could serve as a model for other communities, universities and wind farm developers, working together to build sustainable models for alternative energy.
Grant type: Development
- Rebecca J. Barthelmie, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering
- Sara C. Pryor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Holger Klinck, Bioacoustics Research Program
Lab of Ornithology
- Community partner: Black Oak Wind Farm
- Community partner: Enfield Elementary School
- Community partner: General Electric
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