Small Wind Turbine Installation Workshop


Due to increasing interest in renewable energy and residential-sized wind turbines, this three-day workshop is being offered to provide an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of small wind project development. The timeliness of this workshop complements the growing demand and interest in renewable energy.

This Small Wind Turbine Installation Workshop is designed for new and existing small wind installers, Minnesota small wind manufacturers, electricians, consultants, and PV Installers interested in wind. The workshop will be led by Roy Butler of Four Wind Renewable Energy, a technical editor for Home Power Magazine with more than 12 years of design and installation experience.

This three-day course will lead participants through the necessary background information required to site and install a small wind turbine, up to 40 kW in capacity. The training format is not hands-on, but it will cover all the steps for a successful project including timelines, initial planning stages, siting considerations, wind resource assessments and energy production estimates, tower considerations, zoning requirements, interconnection, insurance, used equipment, permitting, equipment assembly, and decommissioning.

The workshop will be held at the Great River Energy Headquarters in Maple Grove, Minnesota, with training provided by Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES), and with sponsorhip from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security, Minnesota Power, and Windustry.

Registration is $125 including lunches and the resource manual Renewable Energy for Home, Farm and Business by Paul Gipe. Registration is filling quickly; and while the workshop is open to all types of participants, priority will be given to new installers, electricians, consultants, and manufacturers.

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