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Sep 23, 2009

Alternative Energy Institute to Host Windy Land Owners Seminar

Windy Land Owners Seminar
CONTACT: Kenneth Starcher, 806-651-2296, kstarcher@wtamu.edu

Canyon, Texas – Wind energy and its many possibilities will be the topic of a Windy Land Owners Seminar Saturday, Oct. 17 at West Texas A&M University.

The Alternative Energy Institute (AEI) at WTAMU will host the half-day seminar in Room 101 of the Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building on campus. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the day’s program will focus on wind energy basics and the steps and considerations needed to develop a wind farm.

Seminar speakers include windy land owner Mac Etheredge, who will share his experiences from the resource assessment to project completion of his own wind farm. Brad Christopher, a wind farm supervisor, will explain what a working wind farm means to landowners and its expected benefits. Other speakers scheduled for the seminar are Dr. Vaughn Nelson, director of AEI, Ken Starcher, assistant director of AEI training, education and outreach, and David Carr, assistant director of AEI testing and resource assessment.

“Everyone has questions about wind energy so we have pulled together some great speakers and interesting topics to get the answers people need,” Starcher said. “It’s just a half-day seminar, but the information will definitely be beneficial to all who attend.”

A schedule of the seminar and a registration form can be found at www.windenergy.org/wlo. Seating is limited to the first 150 paid attendees. Cost of the seminar is $30 for those who pre-register online or $40 at the door to cover handout and reference materials. Beverages will be provided.

The Alternative Energy Institute was established at WTAMU in 1977 as an outgrowth of wind energy research begun in 1970. AEI’s mission is to conduct research and development in the use of alternative sources of energy including wind, solar and biomass. AEI’s program includes data collection, research and feasibility studies, developing and testing prototype systems, establishing a center for collection and distribution of information and education of students and others through research, seminars and courses.

For more information about AEI or the upcoming seminar, call 806-651-2295 or visit www.windenergy.org/wlo for the agenda and online registration.