The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has hired Larry Flowers to head up the association's distributed and community wind efforts. He spent the last 10 years of his 30-year career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as the national technical director for its Wind Powering America program.
Through advocacy and other efforts, Flowers will work to grow the market for small wind systems used to power homes, farms and small businesses. Working with the AWEA state-relations team, he will facilitate AWEA's Distributed Wind Committee and Community Wind Working Group activities.
In 1999, Flowers was tasked with launching the Wind Powering America program and has been at the helm ever since. Through the program, he formed a network of 35 state wind working groups, and four regional training and outreach institutes.
Flowers also created the Wind for Schools program to educate K-12 and university students about wind energy. Under the program, currently established in 11 states, wind turbines are deployed at rural schools, creating a teaching tool for students throughout planning, construction and ongoing monitoring of the turbines and their output. Flowers will continue to support a Wind for Schools agenda at AWEA.
SOURCE: American Wind Energy Association