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REI spring forum held April 4

BOONE—The Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) will hold a spring forum Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Solarium.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to discuss REI’s existing and proposed renewable energy projects on campus.

In 2004, 83 percent of Appalachian’s student body voted to pay a $5 fee each semester to support renewable energy projects on campus. In 2007, 92 percent of the student body voted in favor of keeping the fee.

REI’s first project was the Biodiesel Collaborative in 2005, which includes solar thermal collectors that produce 100 percent of the heat required to produce biodiesel at the university’s biodiesel research facility. In partnership with AppalCart, REI purchased a 10,000-gallon fuel tank used to store B-20 biodiesel that is used by university and AppalCART fleet vehicles.

Other projects include a photovoltaic array at the Biodiesel Collaborative, a photovoltaic system on Kerr Scott Hall, a photovoltaic array in front of Raley Hall, a wind turbine behind the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, a solar thermal system that provides hot water to Plemmons Student Union and a photovoltaic rooftop array on the Energy, Environment, and Economic House located near John Thomas Hall on Rivers Street.