The Minnesota Daily reports
on a University of Minnesota student group that's erecting a pair of wind turbines for a small Nicaraguan village.
Alejandro De La Mora and Josh Durand, both engineering students, were inspired by a book about wind power to start the Innovative Engineers student group. The student group traveled to the village of La Hermita last year with turbine pieces and laid the tower's foundation. They plan to return this year to finish the installation.
The village currently gets electricity from car batteries that need to be recharged in a nearby town. The wind turbine will allow them to be charged without leaving the village.
The student group plans to continue working on other renewable energy projects that can have an impact.
"If you have the ability to change the world and you want to do it," De La Mora tells the Daily, "why not do it?"