Grant provides certificate program

Thomas Garcia A new 12-week program available at the North American Wind Research and Training Center will increase employment opportunities for those interested in wind energy studies. Jim Morgan, Director of the NAWRTC said Mesalands Community College is now offering an Occupational Certificate in Basic Wind Energy Technology. “The certification is tailored for workforce development,” […]

Mesalands receives donation of equipment

Special to the QCS The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College recently received a 70-kilovolt discharge stick for in-class training from Megger, a Valley Forge, Pa., based manufacturer of electrical testing and measuring equipment. The discharge stick is used to safely remove the static charge from equipment and other voltage […]

Mesalands wind energy program among award finalists

Special to the Quay County Sun The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College was a finalist for the NAIOP 2011 Awards of Excellence. The New Mexico Chapter of the NAIOP annually recognizes excellence in commercial real estate from around the state in various categories. The new wind center was a […]

Landowner’s associations discuss wind energy

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Thomas Garcia The chairman of a local renewable energy landowner association said projects are under way that would eliminate the stumbling block for wind energy farms in eastern New Mexico — transferring the electricity to national markets. Representatives for these projects spoke at the third annual Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations meeting Saturday in […]

Mesalands selects artists to create wind center sculpture

Special to QCS Norman Andersen of Minneapolis, Minn., has been selected as the commissioned artist to create a unique large-scale sculpture, for the newly constructed North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College. The project proposed by Anderson will be a wind-driven kinetic sculpture that will have visual, sound and aesthetic appeal, […]

Xcel donates wind energy scholarship

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Special to QCS Mesalands Community College recently received $5,000 from Xcel energy for scholarships, for students pursuing a degree in wind energy technology at the North American Wind Research and Training Center. As the number one provider of wind energy in the United States, Xcel has made it a priority to invest in their communities […]

Meetings watch: Rural development interim committee

The Economic and Rural Development Interim Committee held their committee meeting at Mesalands Comm-unity College on July 6-7. The meeting focused on renewable energy which made Mesalands and the new North American Wind Re-search and Training Center, an ideal location. “The committee wanted to look at energy and this part of the state is known […]

Denmark firm donates equipment to Mesalands

Kimberly Hanna The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College recently received an oil filtration system from C.C. Jensen, an international company based in Denmark with offices worldwide. C. C. Jensen donated an offline oil filtration system, which is used to remove small particles that collect over time that can damage […]

Local students honored at Wind Ball

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On April 15, two Tucumcari students were honored at the annual Wind Ball hosted by Cielo Wind Services. The ball was held at the Catholic Hall in Vega, Texas, and featured a live band and food catered by Boot Hill Saloon and Grill. Patrick Wiegel, a senior at Tucumcari High School, received the 2011 Cielo […]

Local students awarded scholarships

Jade Smith Scholarships were awarded to local graduating seniors by Cielo Wind Power of Austin, Texas and businesses that have partnered with Cielo to build wind developments currently under construction. Seniors Patrick John Wiegel of Tucumcari, Elizabeth Paredez of House Municipal School, Klay Rogers of Logan, Meghan Kline of Melrose and Garrett Foote of Texico […]