A New Renewable Energy Program with Asheville Schools and Universities?

A New Renewable Energy Program with Asheville Schools and Universities?

We have just been approached with a great opportunity to purchase and install a Bergey 10kW wind turbine for half the normal price. For a long time, we have had the idea to create an educational program around renewable energy through Mountain Roots, a not-for-profit based at Laughing Waters Retreat Center at Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community.

We are approaching local colleges including UNCA, AB Tech, Warren Wilson, ASU, WCU, as well as Asheville High and some local charter schools. We envision that these schools could conduct on-going classes and internships and bring their students out to see renewable energy systems in operation and learn more about their use and benefits.
We are also seeking some small grants and donations to help pay for the equipment. We have a very good Class 5 wind site above the cliffs, where we plan to monitor the wind over the next few months to verify the wind speeds shown on the maps.

If we can successfully raise the funds to purchase the turbine and tower, we would like it install it by spring. We are also installing a micro-hydro system at Laughing Waters this winter, which will create electricity to power the retreat site. This year two solar-powered homes were also completed in Hickory Nut Forest.

If you know anyone interested in being part of this project, feel free to have them contact us.

John Myers

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