With state budget cuts forcing them to lay off dozens of teachers, three school districts in Chicago's suburbs are moving forward on a unique joint venture that could help secure their long-term financial future: a wind farm in central Illinois.
With help from Milwaukee-based Heston Wind, Keeneyville School District 20, Carpentersville School District 300 and Prospect Heights School District 23 are looking to build and operate a 10-turbine, 20-megawatt wind farm in Stark County, about 150 miles southwest of Chicago.
If successful, the project could be a template for other cash-strapped school districts that lack land to construct turbines on their campuses.
"This is the first of its kind in existence that we know of," said David Ulm, supervisor of facilities and energy management for Community Unit School District 300. "We anticipate this being a model for not only school districts in Illinois but other school districts throughout the ...