LAS CRUCES (KRQE) - With windmill sales and interest in alternative energy risingNew Mexico State University will host its annual certificationworkshop as it has for more than three decades.
New Mexico State University will hold its annual windmilltechnology certification
The workshop will be held June 3-5 at NMSU's WindpowerTechnology Center, located behind the Alumni Center on CollegeAvenue at the main campus in Las Cruces.
"So much of the West was settled around water, but even today,where you have water you don't always have electricity to extractit," said Craig Runyan, an Extension water specialist for NMSU'sCooperative Extension Service.
Windmill sales have jumped substantially over the past severalyears due to the needs of ranchers, an increased interest inalternative energy and consumers wanting the overall aesthetic lookwindmills create, he added.
The workshop will provide training in windmill applications,wellhead protection, assembly, maintenance and repair ofconventional windmill equipment. There will also be a completemotor and tower installation field exercise.
Workshop instructors include Runyan; James Dean, NMSU professoremeritus; Carlos Rosencrans, NMSU associate professor; and LeeKoll, a windmill repair and well drilling specialist from FortSumner.
The course costs $200 and is limited to 25 participants. Anonrefundable $100 deposit reserves seating. For more registrationinformation, contact Rosencrans at (575) 646-1130 or by e-mail.
This workshop is sponsored in part by Aermotor Windmills, Inc. of San Angelo, Texas, and by the Cooperative State Research,Education and Extension Service and the U.S. Department ofAgriculture, through the Southern Regional Water Program Agreement.
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