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The Center for Wind Energy

has been promoting renewable energy

at JMU and throughout Virginia since 1998!

2017 – USDA Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant has been awarded to the Center for Wind Energy. This project has the goal of increasing distributed wind to rural small businesses and agricultural producers throughout Virginia. CWE will identify entities in suitable areas, develop information and outreach campaigns, solicit applications for services and assist selected applicants with applications for federal aid to incorporate wind energy into their business or agricultural property.

2016 – The Department of Mines Minerals and Energy funded the Clean Energy Development and Services project to research state-owned property and assess the suitability for installing solar generation. Three properties were selected as pilot projects and slated for design and construction in 2017.

2016 – The Center for Wind Energy’s director, Dr. J Miles was selected to sit on the advisory board for the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance.

2015 – The Center for Wind Energy worked with the Department of Transportation and Virginia Public Private Partnership to research the feasibility of installing large-scale solar generation on VDOT-owned properties

2014 – JMU students competed in the NREL Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition held in Las Vegas. Students from ISAT, Business, Engineering, Arts and Letters, and Geography programs collaborated to design, build, market and test a small wind turbine. 

2013 – JMU awarded as 1 of 10 universities in National Collegiate Wind Competition

2013 – Center for Wind Energy was presented the Outstanding Wind Powering America Partner Award

2012 – Construction of the Small Wind Training and Testing Facility was completed.

2010 – Virginia Wind for Schools program established

2009 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects for wind supported by CWE

2009 – The Center for Wind Energy is recognized by VCERC board.

2008 – DOE 20% by 2030 report published

2006 – Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCERC) established

2004 – First incentives for small wind in Virginia are offered

2003 – First administration of Virginia’s State Based Anemometer Loan Program (SBALP)

2002 – Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative (VWEC) formed

2001 – Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) award JMU initial funding for SBALP and VWEC

1998 – James Madison University supports first Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) senior projects involving wind power