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5 Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

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5 Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

Wind energy is booming in the United States. There’s now more than 89,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity, enough to power 24 million homes for a year! And it’s just the beginning.

Over 100,000 people work in the U.S. wind industry, and those numbers are expected to keep growing; wind turbine technicians are the second fastest growing jobs of the decade. That’s why it’s more important than ever to prepare America’s future workforce with the real-world skills they need through efforts like the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, which challenges undergraduates to design and build a wind turbine. Teams also develop a business plan to market their project.

This year’s competition runs May 8 through 10 in Chicago , coinciding with the annual American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition. Here are a few more facts about the competition:

Originally published at https://www.energy.gov/articles/5-facts-about-collegiate-wind-competition

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