AB Wind Power to host seminar on community wind energy at Purdue Technology Center

October 3, 2011

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - The public is invited to a free educational and information seminar on community wind energy hosted by a tenant of the Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana.

AB Wind Power will host "What Can Community Wind Power Do for You" from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Purdue Technology Center, 9800 Connecticut Drive, Merrillville.

Rob Hefner, wind sales specialist at AB Wind Power, said the seminar will include several topics.

"The opening discussion, titled 'Wind 101,' will focus on the basics of wind energy and the difference between community wind and large wind farms," he said. "Further discussion topics include local policy trends, interconnection standards, incentives and case studies that highlight how private and public facilities can utilize wind energy."

Panelists leading the discussion will include representatives from AB Wind Power, Midwest Underground Technologies Inc., Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and Northern Power Systems, the event sponsor.

Adam Venn of Northern Power Systems said the event will appeal to attendees who have asked how wind energy works and if they can benefit from having a wind energy system.

"I have been involved with successful wind energy projects at locations ranging from greenhouses and farms to hospitals and colleges," Venn said. "Wind energy can help facilities save money, and we want to show Hoosier leaders how it works in coordination with the local policies in place."

Hefner said officials from a variety of sectors would benefit by attending the seminar.

"Attendees can be business executives, farmers, school administrators, municipal leaders, hospital officials or the leaders of any organizations that are ample energy users that have at least a one-acre parcel of land in a non-residential area," Hefner said. "All attendees will receive a free site assessment that consists of a site-specific wind profile, a recommended turbine system based on facility data and a cash flow analysis to determine if wind energy is suitable for them and their organizations."

Reservations are required. RSVP by Oct. 14 to Rob Hefner at 217-840-8042, rhefner@abwindpower.com

About AB Wind Power

AB Wind Power provides distributed and community-level wind projects that offer economic, societal and environmental benefits for the project owners. Serving Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, AB Wind Power is the source for efficient, cost-effective wind turbines that range in size from 5 kilowatt to 2.3 megawatt machines. We offer financing and leasing options to help maximize the state and federal incentives associated with wind power. Regardless of the size of our clients' needs, AB Wind Power has a practical wind turbine model that can help them start harvesting the wind.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country in four locations across Indiana. The parks are home to about 200 companies that employ 4,000 people and are located in West Lafayette, Merrillville, Indianapolis and New Albany.

Purdue Research Park contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Source: Rob Hefner, 217-840-8042, rhefner@abwindpower.com

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