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W 101.07 Introduction to Wind Systems

Course Description

This one-day workshop is the introductory workshop to MREA wind systems training and is a prerequisite for all other MREA wind workshops. It is designed as the first step in a professional track or for people who have an interest in residential size wind systems for their home or business. The workshop will define wind energy, describe how residential wind energy systems work, and provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design, sizing, and siting of wind energy systems. As part of the workshop, participants receive the MREA Introduction to Wind Systems Training Manual.

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:

   · WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification - 8 CEU's

Course Instructor: 

Clay Sterling, Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Required Course Materials:


Pencil or pen





October 15th, 2011 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
2601 Como Ave SE
Sunny Day Earth Solutions
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595 ext. 112
Non-Member Price $ 110.00
Member Price $ 90.00

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