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Expert Will Lead Wind Energy Workshop May 21-22

BOONE—Robert Preus, owner of Abundant Renewable Energy and an expert in small-scale wind energy, will lead a workshop at Appalachian State University’s Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site atop Beech Mountain on May 21-22. The public is invited.

Cost for the two-day workshop is $150 for the public and $100 for students. To register, contact the Office of Conferences and Institutes at (828) 262-2933 or visit

Preus, a renewable energy consultant and licensed mechanical engineer with 20 years’ experience in the wind industry, will demonstrate how to erect a turbine and connect it to the utility grid. He will also cover siting, tower safety, trouble-shooting and turbine maintenance.

The workshop will focus on a detailed look at the AWP 3.6 turbine system, which has a 11.8-foot rotor diameter, making it suitable for low to moderate wind sites.

Abundant Renewable Energy is based in Portland, Ore. It is the exclusive North American importer and distributor of African Wind Power Products. It also rebuilds old Jacobs wind generators.

The SWI Research and Demonstration Site is a five-acre lot located on top of Beech Mountain that provides valuable research and training experience, while giving area residents first-hand experience of small wind systems.

The site features six small-scale wind turbines: African Windpower AWP 3.6; Bergey XL.1; Southwest Windpower Whisper 175; Southwest Windpower Whisper H40; Southwest Windpower AirX; and Jacobs 31-20.

Parking is available at SWI Research and Demonstration Site and at the adjacent Pinnacle Inn. Directions to the site are available at