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NMSU to host the 2013 Windmill Technology Certification Workshop

Today, there are thousands of windmills, pumping water for ranchers and others all across New Mexico. For anyone interested in starting a new windmill, or maintaining an old one, New Mexico State University will hold its annual Windmill Technology Certification Workshop May 29-June 1 at the university's Las Cruces campus.

Students watching a windmill being serviced.
Windmill Technology Certification Workshop students learn how to service a windmill. (photo by Darren Phillips)

"With drought conditions the way they are, people aren't getting water from anywhere else," said Craig Runyan, a former NMSU Extension water specialist and a workshop instructor. "We've seen a lot of people trying to rejuvenate old wells because water is getting harder and harder to access."

Runyan said the workshop will offer comprehensive training in traditional windmill water lifting applications. The university has hosted the workshop each year since 1971.

"There is usually wide variety of people interested in participating," said Carlos Rosencrans, an associate professor of agriculture and Extension education at NMSU. "We see everyone, from hobbyists who like windmills for the aesthetics, to ranchers who need to do repairs on their own windmills."

The workshop will cover the complete assembly of windmills and towers; maintenance and repair; the costs and water yields of windmill vs. solar; planning and sizing windmill water systems; and water well construction and pollution protection. The workshop is sponsored by Aermotor Windmill Company.

The cost of the course is $200 before May 22, and $225 for late and at-the-door registration. For more information contact Rosencrans at 575-646-1130 or crosencr@nmsu.edu.