Archbold, OH

Preliminary Wind Data Promising

David Deskins, superintendent of the Archbold Area School District, said last week preliminary data from the wind test tower is promising.

Deskins provided the information to members of the Archbold Area School Board during a special meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 26.

No action was taken during the special meeting. Deskins said the board did meet in executive session to discuss real estate matters and compensation of employees.


Deskins said the yearlong study of winds in the area is coming to a close.

“The preliminary data is very promising, but we do not have a final report,” he said.

Soon, the wind tower will be taken down from its site on Archbold Evangelical Church property and moved to Pettisville School, to begin a wind study there.

Throughout the test period, Deskins said school officials and community wind team members have been researching grant opportunities to fund a wind turbine, or windmill, to generate electricity for the school district.

The search is being funded by private donation dollars, not from school taxpayer funds.

Much of the search will depend on the results of the yearlong wind study.


When the final report arrives, the wind team will know what type of wind turbine, at what height, is needed.

“It’s hard to choose (a turbine) until we know what the data says we need,” he said.

Deskins said the wind team will pursue federal stimulus funding.

The Archbold, Pettisville, and Gorham-Fayette school districts, along with Northwest State Community College, have teamed to secure funding.

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