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W 101.01 Introduction to Wind Systems (Online)

Course Description

This online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes 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 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 CECs for Licensed Professionals

  • 8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification

Course Instructor 

Jenny Heinzen, MREA


March 10 - April 6, 2014
Recorded (optional) weekly webinars 

Required Materials

  • Computer
  • Phone
  • Basic computer skills
  • Web browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari (not Internet Explorer) with pop-ups enabled
  • Adobe Reader
  • Calculator

Suggested Materials


  • None

Being an MREA member means getting a $20 discount on courses and free admission to The Energy Fair. Not a member? Visit our membership page to become one.

March 10th, 2014 12:00 AM   through   April 6th, 2014 5:00 PM
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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