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Sign up for Sept. 9 wind power workshop

BOONE – Participants can still sign up for Western North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Initiative’s “Introduction to Small Scale Wind Energy” workshop scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Appalachian State University’s Wind Energy Research and Demonstration Facility on Beech Mountain.

Participants will learn the characteristics of a good wind site; how to assess your wind resource; siting a wind turbine; the various types of residential wind turbines on the market; towers and other system components; and regulations and incentives. The workshop includes a tour of the Beech Mountain facility, which features six turbines.

Those who should attend include land, home, business or farm owners; students, tradespersons and inventors; teachers; elected officials; utility companies/cooperatives; and any energy user interested in harnessing power from wind.

Cost is $90 for the general public and $40 for students.

The workshop will be led by WNCREI staff, and faculty and staff from Appalachian’s appropriate technology program, which has more than 20 years of experience in designing, constructing and testing a wide variety of renewable energy technologies. The program is a regional leader in wind energy projects and research activities.

To reserve a space, visit or call (828) 262-2933.