TradeWind Energy donates 2 school buses to Shidler Public Schools

SHIDLER, Okla. (AP) -- The developers of a new wind farm in Osage County have donated two new school buses to a rural Oklahoma district.

TradeWind Energy delivered the new buses last week to Shidler Public Schools. The idea came about after a TradeWind official attended a Shidler school board meeting to share details of the planned Mustang Run wind project in Osage County.

But once there, the employee heard about the district's aging bus fleet and the costliness of maintaining the vehicles. TradeWind spokeswoman Laurie Roberts tells The Examiner-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/K9ISof ) that the company has committed to paying all costs associated with the lease of two buses to the Shidler district for three years.

Kansas-based TradeWind is in the process of developing a 136-megawatt wind project in central Osage County, near Burbank.

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