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Business Students get an Up-close Look at Renewable Energy

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VANTAGE, Wash-- With all the economic recovery money blowing into green energy related jobs working for a wind farm might not be a bad route to go. 

Daunting, is one way to describe the wind turbines at Wild Horse Wind Farm. Nestled on the hillside they can be seen from miles away, but the true scale can only be appreciated in person. That's exactly what a group of University of Washington, MBA students came to see Friday.

"It's absolutely spectacular to see these things up close. It's really sort of an engineering marvel and very interesting indeed," said John Mannetti, UW MBA student.

Mannetti is part of club called Net Impact. The students are all interested in socially and environmentally responsible businesses practices. The Renewable Energy Center at Wild Horse was built to teach people just that.

"Some people aren't environmentalists. I'm not necessarily an environmentalist. But, if you could do good things for the environment and still produce power, why not? Let's go do it, and see if we can make it work," said David Bowen, Puget Sound Energy.

The wind turbines are huge, from base to blade around 350 feet. So for a little perspective, that's taller than the Statue of Liberty.

In addition to the wind turbines there are also solar panels on the site. Bowen said people have a lot of ideas about green technology. The REC was built to serve that curiosity.  

"This is what we've got. Having people educated and knowledgeable about it and able to ask questions helps a lot," said Bowen.

Even though jobs are scarce people like Mennetti will soon be graduating. He's hoping to get into the field of renewable energy.

"As MBA's we look at it as a good opportunity to have a good job, to make a good living while still doing good for the world," said Mannetti.

The REC is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until November.

 

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