North Carolina Wind Application Center
The North Carolina Wind Application Center is a public service program, sponsored by Appalachian State University and grant funding, to raise awareness about the benefits and feasibility of wind power in the southern Appalachian region, and throughout North Carolina.
The NC WAC is comprised of 3 basic components:
- The R&D facility on Beech Mountain (a class 5 wind site) which tests and showcases small wind turbines currently on the market. This facility provides valuable information to small wind manufacturers and utilities, while providing students and the community with first-hand experience of small wind technology that can be easily replicated.
- Hands-on workshops, classes, tours, and community events are also important educational components of the Initiative's goal to make wind energy familiar and accessible to the region's residents.
- Wind for Schools