James Madison University

Hosted Events

Shenandoah Valley Solar Tour

This free yearly event offers the public the opportunity to tour innovative local homes and buildings to see how solar energy is being used. The 2015 tour featured locations in Shenandoah County, Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Augusta County, and Waynesboro. This event is presented in conjunction with the ASES National Solar Tour, the world's largest grassroots solar event.

In 2016, the CWE will be hosting the Shenandoah Valley Solar Tour on October 1st & 2nd.  View the locations being featured this year.

Biennial Symposia

The purpose of our Symposium is to inform stakeholders and interested parties about the progress of wind power and discuss the opportunities that the future holds. Through a series of workshops and panel discussions these symposiums address timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Choose a year below to see previous symposium workshops and presentations.

Virginia Wind Festival

The Virginia Wind Festival is an informal, fun day with lots of wind activities for kids and opportunities for the community to learn more about wind energy in Virginia and the region. The goal of the Festival is to inform Virginia residents about the possibilities of wind energy, with a focus on the following:

  • what wind turbines are and how they work;
  • there are different scales of wind energy suitable for a range of uses;
  • the Center for Wind Energy is a resource for credible wind energy information;
  • anyone can help to advance the development of wind energy in Virginia;
  • learning about wind energy is fun!

The first Virginia Wind Festival was held March 16th, 2013 and was a great success thanks to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, teams, coaches, judges, and volunteers! The first Wind Festival was held in conjunction with the Virginia KidWind Challenge.

Wind Farm Tours

The best way to learn about wind energy and how a wind farm operates is to visit one! We occasionally tour wind energy facilities in West Virginia to educate and inform. If you are interested in taking a tour of a utility scale wind energy facility, contact us to learn about upcoming tours.

County Planner Workshops

The Center works closely with county and local planners to help plan for wind energy development in their communities. These workshops commonly feature experts in the field of wind energy, champion success stories, planners from other areas that have gone through the process of planning for wind energy development, and lots of time for questions and answers. The Virginia Siting Scoring Tool and Virginia Model Ordinances are also often discussed. If you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your locality, or would like to register for a workshop near you, please contact us.