Babson College Announces Wind Energy Installation

NWF   |   March 5, 2008

Babson College, a Boston-area university that is consistently ranked #1 by US News and World Report for Entrepreneurship programs, recently announced plans for the installation of a demonstration wind turbine. It’s more than just a pretty face: the residential-scale Skystream 3.7 will not only provide instruction, but will also generate approximately 400 kilowatt-hours per month–more than half the energy required for school’s entrepreneurship gallery.

Executed by a diligent student-led effort, the plan’s success can be attributed to the Babson Energy and Environmental Club (BEEC). This group, spear-headed by three graduate students, raised $5,000 towards the turbine’s purchase price with an e-waste recycling campaign and donations. The club is also involved in other sustainability initiatives on campus, such as a fleet of electric and biofuel vehicles, the installation of electricity and water metering devices, and programs designed to slash energy use during school holidays.

The ground-breaking ceremony, as well as a campus Entrepreneurial Energy Expo, is scheduled for March 27th, 2008.