JBU Offers Third Year of the Arkansas Anemometer Loan Program

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (November 11, 2011) — John Brown University’s Renewable Energy program, in conjunction with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Energy Office and the Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America Program, is continuing the Arkansas Anemometer Loam Program for the third year.

“We are pleased to manage this program for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Energy Office,” said Larry Bland, engineering division chair at John Brown University.  “The project is an integral part of our renewable energy program and a perfect way to promote wind energy both statewide and nationally.  Our students have benefited enormously from the field experience as well as from the wind data analysis procedures.” 

The Anemometer Loan Program is designed to promote the installation of small wind turbines by informing landowners of the wind energy potential of their property by conducting a free, one-year wind resource assessment. All Arkansas residents and businesses are eligible to apply.

The program loans individuals with good wind potential sites a 110 ft. tower with the necessary instruments and equipment to measure both wind speed and direction on their land. Site recipients are chosen based on the participant’s project purpose or goal, potential quality of the wind resource at the site, favorable topography and site accessibility. 

Since its start in 2009, the AEDC Energy Office has funded the installation of eight measurement stations throughout the state.

Currently there are ongoing measurement campaigns in Waldron, Booneville, Dewitt and Harrison. JBU’s renewable energy faculty, staff and students installed the meteorological towers to measure wind speed and direction, analyze data and submit a wind resource assessment report to the selected participants.

Funding for the Arkansas Anemometer Loan Program comes from both the AEDC Energy Office and the Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America Program.

More details about the selection criteria and participant obligations as well as downloadable application forms are available at JBU’s Renewable Energy Program website www.jbu.edu/science/renewable_energy/alp/.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.