The Skystream installation will likely cost on the order of $20,000 -$30,000. The variation is dependent on the height of the tower selected, the distance across which the turbine must be interconnected (length of wire), and potential costs involved with permitting. To achieve this, it is essential that a certified Skystream installer be used and we can help make suggestions for dealers/installers in your area.
The turbine and towers themselves are purchased from the Skystream manufacturer, Southwest Windpower, at an educational discount, and this cost constitutes approximately half of the overall installation cost. It may be possible to pull together in kind contributions for some of the materials and labor involved in the installation (if it is a part of a larger public works project, this might not be possible). The following website provides an approximate bill of materials needed for the installation: http://wac.ece.ksu.edu/?q=node/11 (note that this is from the Kansas WfS program and their funding sources are different than Pennsylvania's).
Additionally, businesses in the local community might find interest in an up front purchase of "green certificates" from the renewable power generation over the life of the project. Other state WfS programs have had success in selling these for $2500.
A few potential funding opportunities that have been successful in other programs are listed below for consideration:
- PA DEP Environmental Education Grants, deadline typically in December each year
- PA Sustainable Energy Funds
- Lowes Education Toolbox, $5,000 cap, current deadline Feb. 15, 2013.
- ING Unsung Heroes, $5k, $10k & $25k awards, applications due April 30, 2013.
- Pepsi Refresh Project, ongoing.
- Home Depot Foundation, given in the form of Home Depot gift cards, due between Feb 13 - Aug 13, 2013.
- Carl Perkins Funds
- NEA Foundation Green Grants, 3 deadlines/yr.