Small Wind Energy Hands-on Workshop
Please join us at Appalachian State’s Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site, located on Beech Mountain, for this two-day, hands-on workshop on small-scale, distributed wind energy. Participants will learn about the typical costs, economics and maintenance involved with a distributed wind energy project, learn about a variety of distributed wind energy technologies, and successful case studies. There will be both classroom and "hands-on" activities for workshop attendees.
The Small Wind Research facility is home to a class 5 wind resource with an annual average wind speed of 16 mph at 100 feet above the ground. The site provides attendees with first-hand experience with wind power technology. We typically host about 7 wind turbines at the site from manufacturers such as Pika Energy, Primus Windpower, Bergey Windpower, Xzeres Wind as well as homebuilt machines from Hugh Piggott and Otherpower plans.
Early Registration Cost: $400* (lunch included)
*Cost after May 13th: $500
Students in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $350**
**Student Cost after May 13th: $400
Location: Beech Mountain Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site. Class time will meet at the Pinnacle Inn Resort Conference Room (301 Pinnacle Inn Road, Beech Mountain, NC 28604) or the new ASU mobile classroom depending on enrollment. See map and directions below.
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm both days
Continuing Education Credits Offered: 12 AIA LU, 12 PDH
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion
Special Note: We are excited to announce that this workshop is offered in partnership with the NC Clean Energy Technology Center and is a part of their Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. Visit nccleantech.ncsu.edu for more information.
Brent Summerville, P.E. is a professional engineer and holds a master’s in Appropriate Technology, with a focus on renewable energy. He is currently the Practitioner-in-Residence at Appalachian State University’s Department of Technology and the Built Environment. He is also the Research Director for the Small Wind Certification Council. Prior to that, he directed the Western North Carolina Renewable Energy Initiative at his post in the Appropriate Technology department at Appalachian State University.
Summerville is shown repairing the Whisper 500 on Beech Mountain
Map & Directions
From Eastern NC:
- Take 40 West to 421 North (to Boone)
- Take 105 South (to Seven Devils) 12 miles
- Turn right onto 184 West/Tynecastle Hwy (into Banner Elk)
- In Banner Elk, turn left at stop light, and follow sign toward Beech Mountain, on right (Hwy 184)
- Continue on Beech Mountain Parkway approx. 5 miles until you see a large building with a blue roof on your left, Beech Mountain Sports
- Once you get to Beech Mountain Sports, turn RIGHT onto Elderberry Ridge Rd. (you will see signs for Pinnacle Inn)
- Approx. 0.2 miles, you will bear left at the Pinnacle sign
- Approx. 0.2 miles further, the road will take a sharp left, but you will continue straight on a dirt driveway, which will bring you into the parking area for the Wind Research and Demonstration Site (there will be signs)
Energy Center News
Dr. Jeff Ramsdell, Director
828-262-7514 (Appalachian Energy Center)
401 Academy Street
226 IG Greer Hall
ASU Box 32131
Boone, NC 28608
Appalachian Energy Center
Appalachian State University