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Farmers and Ranchers Can Learn How to Put Wind to Work for Them

October 12, 2011

Audio with Lisa Daniels, Windustry executive director (MP3 3.0 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 00:03:10

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Windustry has been bringing practical "how to" information on community and small wind to every region of the country. These Community Wind Across America conferences showcase ordinary people doing extraordinary work on a local level for residential and commercial wind development.

Lisa Daniels is founder and executive director of Windustry—a group that promotes progressive renewable energy solutions and empowers communities to develop and own wind energy as an environmentally sustainable asset. She says these conferences really have something for everyone—especially those in rural America.

"It's for farmers, ranchers, rural community leaders, rural community citizens...anybody who wants to learn more about wind energy and how it might be right for either their home or their farm or their business or their community."

According to Daniels, national experts will provide all of the information rural landowners need to unlock the economic growth potential of locally-owned wind energy.

"They'll see what wind energy can do and what kind of environment it does best in. You'll also be able to meet and greet experts, ask your questions. We'll have speakers that will be available and accessible both on the podium and off the podium. We'll have in-depth information."

After all, Daniels says the key goal in community and small wind is to keep the economic benefits as local as possible while the nation changes its energy sources. So a wide variety of topics will be covered in the conference sessions aimed at advancing the opportunities for local wind energy production.

"One of the things that we're going to be doing is showcasing successful wind projects on every level. People are going to be coming and talking about how they put their projects in the ground; what some of the challenges were; how they got started; who they talked with. As much as we can, we'll be showcasing what kinds of incentives they used. We'll be talking about the permitting process and how to work your way through so that your project can be installed. And we'll also be talking about the different technologies. You know, what machine might be right for your wind resource or your farm or your budget or the amount of electricity that you need to be using. All of these things will be discussed."

These conferences have already been held in the Rocky Mountain, Midwest and Mid Atlantic regions, but interested folks still have an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Northeast Region Conference. The conference begins Wednesday, October 26 in Albany, New York. Check out for all the details.

—Julie Jones