7 News found out why they believe money made from wind energy is making a big impact on the state, and more specifically public education.
“The wind only blows here in Oklahoma so it’s a great place to have them,” said Larry Martin of RedBed Plains Wind Farm.
Over 100 representatives from Wind Farms across the state were at the Capitol for Wind Day, which gave them a chance for one on one interaction with legislators from their district.
“It’s a good chance to let the Senators know what we’re doing out here, and what kind of impact it brings to the schools, the local communities,” said Martin.
According to the OK Wind Power coalition, the more than 3,700 turbines in Oklahoma support 191 school districts in 26 counties.
The Wind Farm representative from Rush Springs wanted lawmakers to know exactly how much of an impact they have on their local schools.
“With the wind power now, schools are able to not only support themselves but to build new facilities that they’ve needed for so long. In Rush Springs alone they’ve built a new middle school. The schools they are in now were built in 1930. Now that they are able to do that with the wind farms taxes, that’s really helped them out and boosted their capabilities<” said Josh Bray, the Site Manager at Rush Springs Wind Farm.
Another program these wind farm representatives were advocating for are the various educational programs they provide to the school districts that their tax revenue supports. Their goal is to help younger students understand the importance of renewable energy.
“That’s why we come to work everyday really. You know, we’re actually very hands on with the younger kids. We go there and teach them about wind power. The different types of technologies, solar, and try to get them involved with the new technology,” said Martin.
One statistic that really stuck out at the Wind Day event was that 97 percent of the wind energy produced in Oklahoma remains in the state.