Southwest Windpower Co-founder Speaks on Residential and Community Wind Power

Andy Kruse addresses renewable energy technology and policy professionals at the seventh annual Southwest Renewable Energy Conference

Flagstaff, Ariz. - Southwest Windpower's co-founder Andrew Kruse will be speaking on September 10, 2009 at the Southwest Renewable Energy Conference in Flagstaff. Mr. Kruse will present "Wind 101: Residential and Community," a look at small-scale wind power and distributed energy generation.

Mr. Kruse is co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Southwest Windpower, a leading manufacturer of small-scale wind turbines and maker of the Skystream 3.7 backyard wind generator. Southwest Windpower's products are used to supply energy for lighting, water pumping, telecommunication systems and grid connected homes around the world.

Mr. Kruse has been in the renewable energy industry since 1986 and has installed numerous solar and wind systems around the world. He has traveled to some 70 countries promoting small wind systems. Currently he oversees the company's government affairs department and is responsible for developing long-term market strategies. Mr. Kruse has also written and had published numerous articles on renewable energy system design and market opportunities and won a number of awards relating to export development.

Green Jobs Panel
In addition to speaking on community wind power, Andy Kruse will participate in a Green Jobs Panel from 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. Renewable Energy is predicted to have the significant potential for new job creation. Mr. Kruse will be speaking about the role of innovation in creating green jobs and mitigating climate change. Andy Kruse didn't see the type of job he wanted so he set out to create a new company and became co-founder of Southwest Windpower.

Moderator: Nikke Alex, Black Mesa Water Coalition
Wahleah Johns, Co-Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition and Navajo Green Jobs Coalition
Sandra Begay-Campbell, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Andy Kruse, Co-Founder, Southwest Wind Power
Lon Huber, Policy Associate, Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy
Keegan King, Director of New Mexico Youth United

About Southwest Windpower
Flagstaff Arizona-based Southwest Windpower is the world's largest producer of small wind generators (400 to 3000 watts). The 22-year old company has been a pioneer in the development of wind technology and has produced more than 140,000 generators that provide power to residential homes, remote cabins, telecom transmitters, offshore platforms, water pumping and sailboats. Southwest Windpower's Skystream 3.7 is the first fully-integrated wind generator designed specifically for the grid-connected residential market. Southwest Windpower distributes in more than 88 countries. On the Web:

About the Southwest Renewable Energy Conference
Now in its seventh year, the 2009 Southwest Renewable Energy Conference is a forum for sharing developments in technology and policy. This year's conference, with the theme Integrating State and Federal Policy with Technology to bring Renewables to the Grid, will take place September 10 and 11, 2009. SWREC fosters thoughtful evaluation and discussions on the development of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy on tribal, federal, state and private lands. A diverse range of pre- and post-conference sessions and two concurrent tracks of panel sessions -Policy and Technical- offer participants options to fit their own background, experience and professional development interests. For more information, or to register, please visit: or email Kara Kelty: