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Wind Power Workshops to be Offered This Fall

082504wind_dl.jpgBOONE–Ever wanted to harvest your own wind power, but didn’t know how to get started? A series of wind power workshops will be held this fall to show how to bring clean, renewable energy to homes, farms and businesses.

The North Carolina Small Wind Initiative (NCSWI) invites the public to its Fall 2004 Home-Scale Wind Energy Workshop Series, which offers introductory and hands-on wind turbine installation courses to all levels of interest.

The four workshops will be held at Appalachian State University and at the Small Wind Initiative Research and Demonstration Site atop Beech Mountain on Sept. 25, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, Oct. 16, and Oct. 18-21.

The workshops will be led by national wind experts who will provide skills, contacts and resources needed to harness independent wind power.

The one-day Introduction to Wind Power Workshop (offered Sept. 25 and again Oct. 16) will be led by Jim Greene from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This workshop will cover how wind turbines work, wind turbine technology, products currently available on the American market, how to estimate annual energy outputs, costs and paybacks, utility interconnection, and case studies.

The weeklong Hands-On Wind Turbine Installation Workshops (offered Sept. 27- Oct. 1 and again Oct. 18- 21) will be led by representatives from Southwest Windpower and Abundant Renewables. Each installation workshop gives individuals an edge in an emerging field of renewable energy. Three residential-scale wind turbines will be installed between the two workshops, expanding the Beech Mountain research and demonstration site to a total of six wind turbines. The installation workshops are geared toward those seriously interested in learning the nuts and bolts of wind technology, installation and maintenance.

The research and demonstration site is part of the NCSWI, a new public service program sponsored by Appalachian and the N.C. Energy Office to provide regional residents with a facility to access information, contacts, and turbine performance data surrounding small-scale wind technology.

” The N.C. Small Wind Initiative and workshop series will provide a powerful opportunity for people to understand their energy needs and to learn about alternative ways to meet those needs,” says Project Manager Anthony Parker.

The initiative has partnered with state and national organizations to offer the most comprehensive and leading edge resources available.

Appalachian has a renowned history in exploring wind energy resources in the region with its wind speed data collection, public opinion surveys on wind power, feasibility studies, and renewable energy course offerings. The culmination of these programs has led to this vast resource of information now available from the N.C. Small Wind Initiative to connect residents of Northwestern North Carolina with the power in the wind.

For details and cost information, visit or call Cole McVey, Outreach Coordinator, at (828)262-7333. Participants can register online at or call Appalachian’s Office of Conferences and Institutes at (828) 262-3045.


Picture Caption: Area residents view wind turbines at the Small Wind Initiative Research and Demonstration Site atop Beech Mountain, site of a workshop series this fall.