Hands-on Distributed Wind Energy Workshop

Friday, October 2, 2020

Registration link coming soon.

Please join us at Appalachian State’s Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site, located on Beech Mountain, for this one-day, hands-on, crash course workshop on small-scale distributed wind energy. Participants will:

  • Tour the turbines at the facility that has been in operation since 2004
  • Experience a crash course in distributed wind energy in the on-site MobiLab and MobiLanding designed and constructed by App State Building Science students
  • Learn how to determine if wind is right for you, and others
  • Install and commission a small wind turbine! 

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. 

Note: This workshop is limited to 13 attendees, and requires a minimum of 7 to hold.

Location: Appalachian State's Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site on Beech Mountain. Note: Much of the time will be spent outside at the research site, wear walking shoes, comfortable clothes, and bring sunscreen and raincoat. 

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Early Registration Cost: $200* (lunch included)
*Cost after September 11:
Students in UNC system Early Registration Cost: $175**
**Student Cost after September 11: $200
Refer a friend and you'll each receive $25 off. Details here.

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 6 PDH, 6 LU|HSW 
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion

Note: Course materials will be provided electronically.


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.

Mobil Landingwind site


Accomodation Recommendations

  • Best Western Mountain Lodge in Banner Elk - Can cancel with no cancellation charge, call to make reservation and for details. AAA rate is 10% off.
  • Many hotels are also available in Boone, a 30 minute drive to Beech Mountain. Click here for more information.