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logo for the SBALP program 

The State‐Based Anemometer Loan Program (SBALP) was established in August of 2001 by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Wind Powering America initiative out of the Mid‐ Atlantic Regional Office. SBALP was modeled after the Native American Anemometer Loan Program. Since 2001 successful State‐Based programs have been administered throughout the United States.

The Center for Wind Energy at JMU was chosen to administer the Virginia State Based Anemometer Loan Program (SBALP) under a grant from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), with assistance from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). SBALP was established by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Wind Powering America Initiative out of the Mid‐ Atlantic Regional Office (PRO). The program was expected to spur the development and use of wind power in the state of Virginia by helping potential wind turbine users to quantify their wind resource. To administer the SBALP program over the years, the Center for Wind Energy has received a number of 20-meter, 34-meter and 50-meter meteorological towers. These towers were loaned to landowners giving them the opportunity to measure their available wind energy resource while providing wind data to the Commonwealth and NREL. 

While support for the Sbalp program ended in 2013, the CWE has installed nearly fifty met towers over the duration of the project. The Center for Wind Energy has the wind resource data from these towers and makes the data and site summaries available to the public. Check out our Residential Wind Interactive Map. Meteorological tower data can be downloaded from the maps. Select the site, open the pop-up and click on the links to the data.

image of the residential wind map website Best viewed with Google Chrome or Mozilla browser. 

Decommissioning a Meteorological Tower

Watch the time lapse to see how we take down a met tower!


CWE students and staff made the trip to the Nansemond Treatment plant and decommissioned this 50 meter meteorological tower in 2014. 

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