Mesalands Dedicates Wind Training Center

Mesalands Community College has formally dedicated its new 26,000 square-foot North American Wind Research and Training Center (NAWRTC) in Tucumcari, N.M. At the dedication, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., praised the college for taking a role in training students for jobs in renewable energy.

‘The new North American Wind Research and Training Center will increase economic development by training students for clean energy jobs for today and for the future,’ he said.

NAWRTC includes the college's GE 1.5 MW wind turbine, which will power the facility. The center includes a blade-maintenance complex with high bay doors at each side for pull-through capabilities of trucks carrying 120-foot wind turbine blades.

NAWRTC also contains electric and electromechanical laboratories, an 84-seat inclined lecture hall, portable industrial classrooms, a conference room, a student lounge and offices.

SOURCE: Mesalands Community College

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