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  • See the turbines on Beech Mountain at The North Carolina Wind Application Center.

    Sustainable Technology students will enjoy working on continued testing of the Sonsight Wind 3 kW wind turbine at the Small Wind Research & Demonstration Site on Beech Mountain. Another round of funding has been obtained to test the turbine for another year. Thanks to the Appalachian Energy Center for adminitering the funding and helping keep our Beech Mountain facility up-and-running. Here is a video showing some of the turbines running at the site.

  • The Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East (formerly known as the Desert Wind project), a private wind energy electric power generation facility, will be the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina, and one of the first in the southeastern U.S. 

  • Brent Summerville, practitioner-in-residence in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, gives a quick visual tour of the Wind Research Site at Beech Mountain.

  • Brent Summerville, practitioner-in-residence in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, has recently secured a contract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

  • ASU Wind Application Center staff use Ashe County High School's Wind for Schools wind turbine to teach STEM curriculum.

  • Wind power development has surged in recent years in the United States. Policymakers and economic development practitioners to date have typically relied upon project-level case studies or modeled input–output estimates to assess the economic development impacts from wind power, often focusing on potential local, state-wide, or national employment or earnings impacts. Building on this literature, we conduct an ex post econometric analysis of the county-level economic development impacts of wind power installations from 2000 through 2008 in a large, wind-rich region in the country. Taking into account factors influencing wind turbine location, we find an aggregate increase in county-level personal income and employment of approximately $11,000 and 0.5 jobs per megawatt of wind power capacity installed over the sample period of 2000 to 2008. These estimates appear broadly consistent with modeled input–output results, and translate to a median increase in total county personal income and employment of 0.2% and 0.4% for counties with installed wind power over the same period.

  • March 2005

  • IREC Wind Newsletter 2004

  • Solar Today Magazine, Mick Sagrillo, a nationally renowned wind expert, highlights the ASU Appropriate Technology Program with special regards to the hands-on renewable energy training and experience for both undergraduate and graduate students. This article describes the various course offerings, campus club activities, and unique hands-on opportunities offered to prospective students as well as those interested in a career change toward a sustainable energy future.

  • Watauga County will soon vote to adopt the state's first wind turbine ordinance.

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Brent Summerville
Appalachian State University
Department of Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment
Katherine Harper Hall
Boone, NC 28608