REW: Renewable Energy Generation with Small Wind Systems

Official Program Description

REW: Renewable Energy Generation with Small Wind Systems

To register over the phone, please call 919.513.2161.

This weeklong workshop will focus on residential (small) wind energy, but will touch on the general concepts of electric generation with wind turbines. This week will cover small wind system types, components, and applications as well as best practices for installation, maintenance and troubleshooting.  Utility and community scale wind facilities will be discussed in general terms. At the end of the week, the class will take down and install a 2 kW small wind turbine.

Who Should Attend

The program is geared especially for electrical, plumbing, and general contractors, engineers and HVAC professionals, builders and architects, entrepreneurs, and all interested individuals who want to gain a higher level of professional training in the fields of renewable energy and green building.

Attend and You Will Learn

At the end of the class, you should be able to:

  • Calculate electrical energy and power
  • Calculate electrical loads
  • Identify optimum sites for wind - be able to correctly and legally site residential wind systems
  • Identify the right wind turbine and tower height given the site conditions
  • Understand manufacturer's estimates and then estimate the performance of a turbine given site conditions
  • Safely take down and install a residential wind system with the supervision of a wind professional
  • Design a basic grid-tie wind system
  • Understand wind system specification sheets
  • Perform safety standards of installing PV systems
  • Install a small wind system with a lead installer


How do I complete the program?

The program will allow you to build an interdisciplinary course that will give an in-depth understanding of "green" technologies. To earn the diploma, you are required to complete 120 contact hours or three 40-hour workshops within three years, and make a 15-minute presentation on your future plans with the knowledge gained. You can take 3 five-day RETDS workshops on intermediate photovoltaics, advanced photovoltaics, small wind, solar heating, or residential green building.  A certificate of completion is given at the end of each five-day workshop. You must be there for 90% of the time to receive the workshop certificate.

Additional Information

REW Registration Fee for 2012:

  • $969 for NC residents/$1,669 for non-NC residents 

REW Schedule for 2012:

  • Classes run from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; to earn full credit, you must be in class for 90% of the time
  • November 2-4 & 9-11, 2012, Edenton, NC


  • ISPQ Accredited Training Program Provider        
  • USGBC GBCI Education Provider
  • Registered NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam Provider


The PV and Wind courses housed under the RETDS program offer 24 credit hours for NC electrical contractors. 40 AIA credits for architects as well as 40 PDH's for Professional Engineers for all RETDS courses.  The RETDS is also approved for 40 GBCI CE hours for LEED accredited professionals. All of the Diploma Series programs offer Continuing Education Units.

Logistical Information:

All workshops are held in Raleigh unless otherwise noted. Classes start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and a buffet lunch are provided. We are happy to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact Joann Henry at 919.513.4790 to coordinate your needs. After registering, you will receive a "What to Expect Letter" with more information. 

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