Small Wind Conference Comes to Wisconsin, June 11–12
By MICK SAGRIllO
Mick Sagrillo is a small
educator and advocate,
and served as the small
wind technology lead
for wisconsin’s Focus on
energy for seven years.
The Small Wind Conference (SWC, at smallwind conference.com) has become the small wind event of the year, a not-to-be missed extravaganza. The eighth annual SWC is slated for June 11–12
in Stevens Point, Wis.
SWC started eight years ago after a group of small
wind industry activists decided that, if there was going
to be a conference to address their issues, they would
have to put it together. and put it together they did.
SWC draws attendees and exhibitors from across North
america, Europe, asia and beyond.
While SWC focuses on installers and site assessors,
presenters also include manufacturers, supply chain
vendors, insurance and financial interest groups, government agencies, public benefits programs managers,
permitting authorities, educators and renewable energy
advocates. Presentations are selected if they are “
experi-ence-based” and offer viable solutions for problems the
SWC also features an exhibition of turbine manufacturers and supply chain vendors, but only those with
a proven track record. other conferences may allow
anyone to exhibit, but at SWC you won’t find any fantasy
wind turbines or “technology breakthroughs,” just solid
hardware and products.
Small wind Pioneer
elliott Bayly Passes
the small wind industry lost a true pioneer in January with the passing of Elliott Bayly.
An electrical engineer, Bayly actually started out in small wind by founding KFMu, a
radio station in Steamboat Springs, Colo., in
1972. Bayly refurbished an old pre-rEA Jacobs
Wind Electric generator as the station’s only
source of electricity.
over the next 40 years, Bayly invented three
completely different wind turbine designs and
founded three wind companies — Whirlwind
Power, World Power technologies and Ventera
“the sound of the wind,” KFMu’s moniker,
aptly describes Bayly’s impact on the small
wind industry. thank you, Elliott! You will be
40 June 2012 SOLAR TODAY solartoday.org
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