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cctoday30Small Wind Turbine Workshop planned in Harwich
Install a grid-connected 2.5 kW turbine in 6-day $650 course

2.5_kw_turbine1_498Interested homeowners, businesses and contractors will have an opportunity to learn first-hand how to properly site, specify, permit and install a residential-scale wind energy system by participating in a week-long workshop to be held June 18 to 23 and organized by Cape & Islands Self-Reliance.

The workshop is part of a broader workforce development effort of the Cape and Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative, among whose participants are Cape Cod Community College, Cape Cod Economic Development Council, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Clean Energy Design, and the Cape's two regional technical high schools.

"Wind energy can be a cost-effective energy source for a home or business," says Megan Amsler, executive director of Self-Reliance. "Interest in wind energy has grown exponentially over the last few years as people see their energy bills continue to rise, conflicts in the Middle East continue without an end in sight, and the predictions of climate change become more and more dire. Wind energy is often an attractive option when people start to weigh their energy choices."

This six-day apprentice-level workshop (which costs $650 for registrants) will take place on a Monday through Saturday in Harwich. The workshop classes will take place at the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, and the hands-on installation will be at a nearby residence.

The installation will feature a grid-connected 2.5 kW turbine that will be mounted on a counter-balanced, tilt-up, mono-pole tower. The workshop will be taught by Ian Woofenden (Northwest coordinator for Solar Energy International), Richard Lawrence (director of special projects and education at Cape and Islands Self-Reliance and adjunct professor at Cape Cod Community College), and Tom Wineman (principal and lead installer of Clean Energy Design, Osterville, Mass.).

Online registration and more information can be found on Self-Reliance’s Web site.

2.5_kw_turbine2_300On right is a smilar turbine being raised into position. A tilt up monopole tower that operates using a hydraulic arm which allows one person the ability to raise and lower the turbine for maintenance. Eliminating the need for a certified tower climber to climb the tower to perform maintenance will significantly lower the life time operational costs of the system.

cctoday30Deval Patrick, the Guv, to speak for Matt Patrick, the Rep



Governor Deval Patrick will speak at a Falmouth  fundraiser for State Representative Matt Patrick (D Falmouth, 3rd Barnstable District) later this month.  House Majority Leader John Rogers is also slated to speak.


Rep. Patrick was the first elected official on Cape Cod to endorse Deval Patrick for Governor.  The two Patricks met to discuss issues early in the Governor’s campaign and it became obvious that they both had a common, progressive vision for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


The Governor has often referred jokingly to the Representitive as his "Cape Cod cousin." 


Join them to hear more about that vision.

Date:  Thursday, May 24th   Time:  5:30

Place:  Cape Verdean Club, 126 Sandwich Road, East Falmouth (look for Matt Patrick signs)  Admission: $20 welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on