MET 200 ClassProfessor Mike Martin’s MET 200 Introduction to Renewable Energy class is working jointly with the Superior Watershed Partnership and Marquette Board of Light & Power to evaluate the feasibility of installing wind power near Marquette. 

A preliminary site has been identified and the class will be doing a study encompassing many aspects of the installation.  Topics looked at will include a detailed map of the site to include local topography, power transmission easement, possible specific sites for wind turbines, prevailing wind direction and access road placement.  Also included will be an analysis of the ground/soil as to how it meets the requirements for the turbine foundations and finally any zoning and/or social impacts such as noise or visual pollution. 

Students in this class come from a wide variety of majors including Construction Management, Climate Control Technology, Environmental Conservation, Geographic Information Services and Industrial Maintenance.  Professor Martin believes with this wide variety of backgrounds the study should be valuable for the project and the students involved.