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WIRE (Windham Initiative for Renewable Energy)

WIRE is a local organization whose mission is to inspire citizens and educate students on the benefits of renewable energy with the goal of raising awareness of environmental issues and the need to ensure our country’s energy independence.

WIRE’s Alpha Project, dedicated in October 2012 in memory of Steven Anderson, was the installation at Windham High School of a combination of wind and solar energy systems along with a weather station. This initial installation serves two purposes: as a test platform to evaluate the long-term alternative energy potential at the high school, and as a teaching and learning tool in the Sciences. In this latter role, the WIRE facilities are incorporated into the high school curriculum and serve as the center for studies about energy conservation, alternative energy, and renewable and non-renewable resources.

The Endowment’s Capital Campaign provided WIRE with over $55,000, sufficient funding to implement the Alpha Project. Additionally, the Endowment assisted WIRE in applying for a New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission grant which could provide funding for their much more extensive second phase.