Appalachian State has served as the NC Wind Application Center for the national Wind for Schools program since 2012. The program is now broadening to include solar, hydro and ocean energy. Like the 11 other Wind for Schools states, when DOE/NREL program support ends in 2021 new funding sources will need to be secured and a state consortium formed.
The mission of NC REpS is to inspire and educate the next generation of the renewable energy workforce.
NC REpS has education coverage across the state: App State will maintain a focus on wind, solar and microhydro in the west; NC GreenPower has a great solar schools program; on the coast, the Coastal Studies Institute is our ocean energy partner and Jennette’s Pier will continue to educate kids on renewables.
Small Wind Research Site
At an elevation of 5,500 ft, the Beech Mountain Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site is a unique program to give first-hand experience with wind power technology in a world-class, class 5 wind resource. Beech Mountain is the premier site in the US for research, durability testing and demonstration of small wind turbine technology. Operating as an off-campus research facility of Appstate’s Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment department, students and faculty gain experience in wind turbine and tower technology, maintenance and operation of wind turbines, and data collection and analysis. Appstate also uses the site for wind energy education and hosts numerous training workshops.
REpowering Schools Events
No events scheduled at this time due to Covid-19.
A sampling of past events coming soon.