Communities and Farmers Learn How to Harvest the Wind at Conference

Pennsylvania farmer Marty Yahner attended the Community Wind Across America Conference for the Mid-Atlantic region in February 2011 for two reasons: first he spent the last year planning to put a wind turbine up on his on property, and he said "in addition to that, I'm here as a local developer, trying to develop a 30MW project in northern Cambria County on my farmland and the surrounding farmland around us."

“Rural landowners, rural communities, municipalities, and community leaders learned what it takes to put a wind project in the ground, so that they can realize the economic development that wind energy brings.”

Yahner was impressed with the good information at the conference and the level of enthusiasm, saying "There's a lot of passion in the wind industry." Hundreds of conference attendees shared in that passion as "rural landowners, rural communities, municipalities, and community leaders learned what it takes to put a wind project in the ground, so that they can realize the economic development that wind energy brings," explained Lisa Danniels, Windustry Executive Director.

Farm landscape with small wind turbine

Reporter Kristine Allen, with NPR affiliate WPSU, produced an in-depth feature on the Community Wind across America Mid Atlantic conference, held in State College, PA, February 8 and 9, 2011. Allen noted, "At this conference they're not talking about the huge wind farms you've seen on TV commercials, here the focus is on smaller scale projects that can be done by local communities or even by individual homeowners."

Listen to the Community Wind Across America news feature to hear more about how farmers and communities learn to harvest the wind at a Windustry conference:

WPSU news on PA Community Wind Conference

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Find Out More about the upcoming Community Wind Across America Northeast Regional Conference in Albany, NY, October 26-28, 2011.

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