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Does your land have a 'wind resource'?

January 30, 2007

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is launching a state-based anemometer loan program and is now accepting applications.

The program loans wind measuring devices to landowners. These allow them to quantify and characterize the wind resource available at their property.

The program is designed to empower landowners by supporting their interest in wind energy through the loan of anemometers and wind vanes and providing education about wind energy development.

The program has six anemometers; four will be mounted atop 99-foot tall towers, and two will be mounted atop 164-foot tall towers that are supported by four sets of guy wires. The data collected allow landowners to assess the economic feasibility of using wind energy.

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James Madison University of Harrisonburg, Va., will administer the program in partnership with MEA.

JMU has developed and administered the Virginia State-Based Anemometer Program since 2001. JMU is responsible for the tower installation, data collection and data processing.

All applications not chosen will be filed and reviewed for consideration in future years. For further information about the program or how to apply, contact the JMU office at 540-568-8754 or via e-mail at vwec@jmu.edu.

For more information on this program or wind energy, contact Crissy Godfrey at 1-410-260-7190 or at cgodfrey@energy.state.md.us

See www.energy.state.md.us/programs/renewable/anemometerloan/index.html for more information and the application.

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