April 13-18, 2013
Instructors: Dan Bartmann, Dan Fink, George Clous, Scotty LeCocq, Doretta Crooks
Cost = $850
Deposit = $200
Wind is the most difficult renewable resource to harvest, because it changes wildly and unpredictably compared to more steady solar, hydro and biofuel energy sources. This also makes wind power an excellent teaching tool. While this course is open to the general public, a large number of past students are professional educators who wished to start a wind power curriculum at their high school, vo-tech school or community college. The course is also attractive to educators because it is multi-disciplinary, involving math, physics, electrical theory, woodworking, metalworking, welding, and more.
For renewable energy professionals, wind power systems are very rare compared to PV, and few installers get much chance for hands-on experience. This class gives hands-on training in not only wind power system installation, towers, balance of system, troubleshooting and maintenance, but also into how wind turbines are designed and built. Students learn the principles of wind turbine design, plus safe and sturdy construction techniques, and are thus better able to evaluate, compare and select commercial wind turbines for possible installations for their clients.
Students who successfully complete this class will receive 48 continuing education credits hours through The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Please visit our Accreditation Page
here, or contact for more information.
(Note--The completed or semi-completed wind turbines may be available for purchase by students after the workshop, for cost of materials. Please contact us if you are interested in bringing a wind turbine home with you.)
Driving directions: Provided upon registration.
Materials you need to bring to the shop each day:
Pencil or Pen
Lunch and drinks
Work Shoes (no open-toed sandals please)
No pets, please!
Please be sure to read our Refund Policies
before signing up.