Wind Power on Small Farms

Overview

In 2009 the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) EmPOWER CLEAN ENERGY Communities Grant Program approved support for outreach and community education on wind power, purchase, installation and benefits.  Project duration:  June 2009-June 2010.

“The Maryland Energy Administration is pleased to partner with Friends of Frederick County for wind education through our Community Energy grant program.  This project includes a wind turbine installation as well as an important program of renewable energy outreach.  This educational component is an important step to raise awareness and support the development of renewable energy within the regional agricultural community.”   – Mr. Andrew Gohn, Clean Energy Program Manager , MEA

Our Position

Wind is a terrific energy source that doesn’t need to be mined, transported or processed.   Friends of Frederick County hopes promotes wind farm education –  to help ease the high electricity cost burden that currently eats away at farm profits.  We are pleased to offer the public education on the benefits and costs of using wind energy.  Please read about each public education session to learn more.

Contact Project Collaborators for more information

  • Rebecca Rush, Outreach Coordinator for wind power education, Renewable Energy Stewardship
  • Janice Wiles, Land and Cultural Preservation Fund Inc (dba Friends of Frederick County), management of community education and outreach

Educational Programs

FoFC offered three community education programs in 2009;  they were:

  • Wind 101, September 17, 2009
  • Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy October 15, 2009
  • Renewable Energy and Emergency Power Production, November 19, 2009

Acknowledgements

We express our gratitude to the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department located at 19701 Beallsville Rd (Near Corner Highway 109 and 28)  Beallsville for their hospitality and support;.   special thanks to Sue Dabbondonza, Administrative Specialist and to Captain Adam Pegler.   The UMCVFD is an extraordinary group of people who are interested in community-centered education, energy management and power availability in emergencies.  They desire to lead the way in energy conservation, clean, renewable energy and sustainability.  We also thank Lewis Orchard for providing a tasty selection of apples and apple cider for our September program.