Turning Winds Academic Institute Implements Alternative Energy Program

Top Quote Newly-installed solar panels will provide additional power to the school's Montana-based campus. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 12, 2011 - Troy, MT - Turning Winds Academic Institute, a therapeutic boarding school for struggling teenagers, ages 12-18, is pleased to announce an addition to its alternative energy program, with the installation of nine 12'x16' solar panels at its northwestern Montana location. The new panels are capable of supplying 100% of the power for the entire campus for 7-8 months out of the year and will provide a non-polluting power resource for its 150 acre campus.

    "This renewable energy solution will greatly benefit our school going forward," said Owen Baisden, vice president of operations for Turning Winds Academic Institute.

    "In addition to helping the environment, it's also a cost-effective measure with advantages that are far-reaching," he added.

    Turning Winds Academic Institute has invested heavily into its alternative energy program, with the intention of taking its school completely "off-the-grid." The newly-installed panels will require very little maintenance or upkeep in the future.

    The use of solar panels in remote locations is becoming a common practice because of the large lengths of electrical wires typically used to connect to a grid. If an accident or malfunction occurs, a remote location relying on traditional power sources can experience significant outage times as a result.

    Baisden noted that Turning Winds may be the only school of its kind that is completely reliant on alternative energy for its power.

    "As far as I know we are the only 100% self-sufficient therapeutic boarding school in the world," he said.

    Turning Winds Academic Institute provides assistance to both boys and girls and is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and National Independent Private Schools Association. The school's secluded location allows for a distraction-free education, while offering students the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.

    The school's program averages approximately 12 months per child and with an enrollment limit of 65 students, the school's small environment allows for intensive focus on each individual, preventing students from falling through the cracks.

    For more information on Turning Winds and to learn more about the newest addition to its energy program, visit the school's website at or call 208-267-1500.

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