The Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Energy Office and the Renewable Energy Department at John Brown University have partnered to develop an anemometer loan program (APL) designed to allow landowners in Arkansas to measure wind energy potential.
Through the program, selected participants will borrow wind measurement instrumentation to conduct a one-year measurement study on their site. Initially, the program will supply four 34-meter meteorological stations with the equipment necessary to measure and record wind speed and direction.
Faculty and students from the Renewable Energy Program at John Brown University will install the equipment and monitor the data from their campus in Siloam Springs, Ark. They will also develop a wind resource analysis for each participant at the end of the measurement period.
‘Wind energy represents a big component of the program, and having an anemometer loan program to run will greatly enhance it,’ says Fernando Vega, director of the university's Renewable Energy Program. ‘We would be creating a valuable workforce with good field experience by having our students become actively involved in all aspects of these wind instruments.’
Once the one-year measurement period is completed and the data is collected, the equipment will then be relocated to other selected participants.
The APL will begin accepting applications June 1. The deadline to apply for consideration in the first program year is July 31, and installations are scheduled to begin in August. Funding for the Arkansas APL comes from both the state of Arkansas and the Department of Energy's Wind Powering America Program.
For more information, visit jbu.edu.
SOURCE: Arkansas Economic Development Commission