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NREL Hosts Free Workshops on Solar and Wind Energy

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Golden, Colo., Dec. 15, 1999 - Engineers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) next month will host three workshops on "Solar and Wind Power for Farms and Ranches" at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The workshops will feature hands-on displays of clean, renewable energy systems that farmers and ranchers can use today.

The consumer-oriented workshops will offer an introduction to solar and wind energy systems, which provide an economical way to produce electricity for stock watering, electric fence charging and irrigation.

"In many cases, renewable energy systems provide the cheapest and most reliable way to meet the electricity needs of farms and ranches," said NREL engineer John Thornton. "Installing a solar or wind energy system is often cheaper than running a new power line if electricity is needed one-quarter mile or more away from an existing power line."

NREL also will sponsor an exhibit for the duration of the Stock Show with free literature on solar and wind energy in the Hall of Education.

The workshops are free with admission to the Stock Show and will be offered 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 8, 16 and 23 in the Beef Palace Auction Arena, which is in the basement of the Hall of Education.


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