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W 101.01 Introduction to Wind Systems

Course Description

This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of wind electric systems. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work. This course will provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design, sizing, and siting of wind energy systems.

Course Instructor: 

Clay Sterling, MREA

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify the components of a wind energy system and describe their function
  • Use the wind power equation to generally define proper wind system design and siting, including generator type, tower placement, and tower height
  • Differentiate between wind energy system designs, including collector types, speed control strategies, and tower types and describe their benefits and drawbacks
  • Describe wind energy system types and variations including utility intertie w/o batteries, utility intertie w/ batteries, stand alone, and wind/PV hybrid systems
  • Use local and web-based data sources to define the wind resource in a given area
  • Compare and contrast common wind generators and explain differences between rated and actual energy production
  • Use electrical load, wind resource, and production data to size a wind energy system
  • List and explain system siting strategies used to maximize wind quantity and quality
  • Apply appropriate siting strategies to determine a suitable site for a wind energy system

Recognized CEU's for Licensed Professionals:

  • 8.0 classroom training hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification
  • 6.5 learning units for American Institute of Architects (AIA) - HSW
  • 8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification

Required Course Materials:

  • Notepad
  • Pencil or pen
  • Calculator
  • Lunch

Suggested Materials:



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.

September 5th, 2013 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
7558 Deer Rd.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Custer, WI 54423
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595
Non MREA Member Price $ 110.00
MREA Member Price $ 90.00

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