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SA 110.01 Understanding Stray Voltage

Course Description

This course is intended to help the participant understand, define, and explain “stray voltage” as it pertains to farm wiring and renewable energy systems. Although used widely and often incorrectly, there is a USDA definition of stray voltage, and many states (including Wisconsin) have adopted rules, limits, and mitigation policies surrounding the subject. Participants will learn basic electrical properties and terms, and apply that to grid electricity and distributed generation on the farm.

Course Instructor

Jenny Heinzen, Midwest Renewable Energy Association



Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define electricity
  • Explain electrical voltage, current, resistance, and power
  • Recognize open, closed, series, and parallel circuits
  • Compare and contrast short circuits and ground faults
  • Discuss electrical safety
  • Identify “hot,” “neutral,” and “ground” wires
  • Explore wire sizes and their ratings
  • Compare and contrast direct current (dc) and alternating current (ac)
  • Discuss electrical generation and transmission through the utility grid
  • Identify electrical circuits and systems on the farm
  • Define stray voltage
  • Discuss effects of stray voltage on humans and livestock
  • Explore “other” electrical phenomena and myths pertaining to stray voltage
  • Discuss mitigation techniques and policies (WI)
  • Define distributed generation
  • Identify renewable energy systems that can be used on the farm to produce electricity
  • Discuss effects renewable energy systems may have on the farm regarding stray voltage levels

Required Materials

  • Pencil, pen and paper

Being an Individual Membership gets you $20 off of each course. Not a member, but want to be? Simply go to the membership page to become one.

November 3rd, 2012 1:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
2299 Spring Rose Rd.
Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability
Verona, WI 53593
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595
Non MREA Member Price $ 55.00
MREA Member Price $ 35.00

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