Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 – 4:30 pm

Introduction to Wind


   Short history of wind

Turbine Characteristics


   Horizontal axis/vertical axis

   Low speed/high speed

   Direct drive/gear drive

   Constant speed/variable speed

   Collector size/swept area

   Drag devices/airfoils


Alternators and Speed Control


      Radial and axial

   Speed control

      Active and passive


   Guyed lattice, lattice, tilt up tower, monopole

   Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


Assessing Sites for Small Wind Energy Systems

   The wind resource – wind quality and wind quantity

   Finding wind resource at hub height

   Siting wind

   Measuring trees and obstacles

   Establishing minimum hub heights

Sizing and Pricing a Wind System

   Size categories

      Cabin, home, small commercial/farm

   Sizing a wind system

   Pricing a wind systems

   Energy efficiency

Small Wind System Types

   Utility inter-tied

   Utility inter-tied with batteries

   PV/wind hybrid

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

   Case studies – things that work and things that don’t


     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Contact Hours (PDHs)

     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Kansas.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar provides a continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing board for continuing education approval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Clay Sterling

Clay Sterling Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Mr. Sterling has been instructing both solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind courses at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) for over ten years and is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) certified instructor in both PV and small wind energy. He has a construction background gained from working in his family’s plumbing shop and working nine years as a commercial electrician on large construction projects. In 2009, Wisconsin’s K-12 Energy Education Program named him the “Non-Formal Energy Educator of the Year.” He also received the “Clean Energy Trainer of the Year’’ award in 2013 from the IREC.