Small Wind Energy Hands-on Workshop

Event date: 
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:00am - Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 4:00pm


Please join us at Appalachian State‚Äôs 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 outdoor activities will include a tour of the class 5 small wind research site, the raising and lowering of a small wind turbine, and the inspection of the electrical components and wiring of the small wind electric systems at the site.

The Small Wind Research facility is a class 5 wind-site, located at an elevation of 5,136 ft., with an average wind speed of about 18 mph at 164 ft., and an average annual power density of almost 600 watts per square meter. This makes it an outstanding wind site and focal point for educational, hands-on workshops. 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 12th: $500
Students in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $350**
**Student Cost after May 12th: $400

For more information and to register, click here!

Location: Beech Mountain Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site. Class time will meet at the new ASU mobile classroom. 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 for more information. NC Clean Energy Technology Center


Brent Summerville

Appalachian Energy Center
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Janet Miller
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