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Distributed wind energy workshop June 8 offered to students for half price

BOONE—Appalachian State University students interested in sustainability can take advantage of a half-priced workshop on distributed wind energy to be offered Saturday, June 8, at the Appalachian Enterprise Center located at 130 Poplar Grove connector in Boone.

The cost for students will be $100. Visit for more information and to register.

Distributed wind energy systems provide clean, renewable electricity for on-site use while providing jobs and contributing to energy security for homes, farms, schools, factories, private and public facilities, distribution utilities and remote locations.

Workshop participants will learn about choosing a good site for a distributed wind project, case studies of successful projects, opportunities in the region for distributed wind, technical aspects of the technology and a guide to choosing a turbine. Participants will visit a 100 kW Northwind 100 on Appalachian’s campus as part of the workshop.

Brent Summerville will teach the workshop. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in appropriate technology from Appalachian. He was the manager of Appalachian’s Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site on Beech Mountain. He now serves as the technical director of the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) and is president of Summerville Wind & Sun Inc.