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Small Wind Turbine System Installation (4 days)

In this five-day course, taught by veteran PV and wind system installer Bob Solger of The Envergy Saving Store and Dan Chiras, Ph.D., certified wind site assessor and author of Power from the Wind, Wind Energy Basics, and The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy, students will install a 2.5 kW Skystream turbine on a 120-foot tilt-up tower at The Evergreen Institute's educational facility in east-central Missouri. Students will assemble the turbine and tower, guy cables, run wires, and erect the tower.

Prerequisite: Students must take Intro to Wind (May 8, June 25, or July 25) and Intermediate Wind (January 16 and 17, May 9 and 10) or equivalent courses through other institutions such as Solar Energy International or the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

Who Should Attend? 

  •     Energy professionals 
  •     Homeowners
  •     Individuals interested in entering the renewable energy field as installers, suppliers, etc.
  •     Educators (technical and community college, four-year colleges, and high school)
  •     Homeowners interested in installing a wind turbine for a new or existing home
  •     Builders interested in learning more about small wind energy systems
  •     Green building consultants who want to broaden their knowledge of small wind systems
  •     Students of architecture and environmental studies interested in small-scale wind energy
  •     Building department officials, real estate agents, bankers, and insurance agents 
  •     Utility company employee who want to learn more about small wind energy systems

Instructor: Bob Solger and Dan Chiras, Ph.D.

Dates:  June 26 - June 30, 2010 in Gerald, MO at The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building

Time: 8 am to 6:30 pm


Early Bird Special: $500 (on or before May 26)

Standard Registration: $575  (after May 26)

To Register: Click Here

Materials Required:
Pencil or Pen
Lunch and drinks

Some students like to bring some of their own tools like utility knives and hammers as well as tool belts. Feel free to bring your tools, but mark them so they don't get mixed in with ours or tools of other particpants. Extra wrenches, cordless drills, lineman's pliers, ratchets, and other tools are always appreciated.

Steel-toed boots

Sunglasses and sunscreen

Home Energy Efficiency (highly recommended) and Intro to Wind Energy

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